Sam Smith’s “Spectre” Theme Goes Online

Sam Smith’s theme song for the 24th James Bond film “Spectre” has been released in full.

The track, “The Writing’s On The Wall,” is a ballad like Adele’s “Skyfall” but takes on a different tone – swapping a soft melancholy in place of Adele’s fire.

Smith’s voice is strong, especially during the falsetto chorus bits which are the highlights, while the brassy and string-heavy music is very Bond.

But the lyrics are oddly unmemorable and the overall song lacks the power of “Skyfall” or Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name”. It’s a fine song on its own right, but a strong Bond song? At first listen not really, but it does improve with repeated listens. It’s also worth noting that the film’s opening credits could well use a different arrangement.

It certainly no dud like the Jack White & Alicia Keys cat mating ritual that was “Another Way To Die”. You can listen to the Spotify version of the song below.