ARTISTS: Alicia Keys/Jack White
TITLE: “Another Way To Die”
WEB DEBUT: Sept. 17, 2008
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: As previewed in the non-Jack-approved Coke Zero ad, the music for the first duet in James Bond-theme history keeps the grandiosity intact, albeit with a little bit of White Stripesy mud smeared around here and there, and a backmasked bridge. But the vocals… uh, is this really the finished take? I only ask because the interplay between White and Keys has a feeling not dissimilar to two people yelling at each other across a crowded street. While their ears were stuffed with cotton. And their ability to keep their vocal presence was taken away by, I don’t know, Grace Jones in a suit or something. (There’s one point where one of them goes into head-voice mode that’s just painful.)
WHERE TO HEAR IT: YouTube, at least until the Bond-marketers have their way with the DMCA claims.