I find all the different releases of “You Know My Name” make it difficult to work out if I still hate is as much as before but I think I may have warmed to it a bit. It’s got quite a good theme, but I find the jarring, thumping chorus hugely irritating still, and Cornell’s voice too.
The theme is used extensively in the soundtrack to good effect. The soundtrack will be released on 13th Nov, 3 days before the film comes out, but you can already preview tracks on Sony’s website. It’s a bit unfriendly to Firefox (on Linux, at anyrate) but will let Firefox users play the tracks even if you can’t select them or see the titles.
It’s good. There’s less electronic stuff than on David Arnold’s previous scores although it still gets more bombastic than John Barry’s work. I shall go and place my order right now.
Besides the use of the theme in the cues, the soundtrack will not feature the title song at all. The only other Bond soundtrack I know of where this happened was the second “Tomorrow Never Dies” CD, released with extra tracks that hadn’t been recorded when the first CD came out. Sheryl Crow’s song was missing, although k. d. lang’s end titles song survived. In the case of this “Casino Royale” soundtrack, there probably isn’t room for the Cornell song (and it’s no loss); the CD is packed with music (25 tracks, despite there only being 18 listed on Amazon at the moment – Amazon also seem to have stuck the proper cover on the 1967 film’s soundtrack which is odd).
Beware of looking at the track listings, though, as the title of one track is a MASSIVE SPOILER.