Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Tortured by tight trousers' - Fans are NOT feeling Sam Smith’s Bond Spectre theme ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’

Brit-award winning singer Sam Smith is the voice of the new Bond theme song, Writing's On The Wall
Brit-award winning singer Sam Smith is the voice of the new Bond theme song, Writing's On The Wall
Sam Smith
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Sam Smith's highly-anticipated Bond Spectre theme tune has landed, and the immediate response from fans has been overwhelmingly negative.

Smith (23) recently revealed he wrote the song 'The Writing's on the Wall' in 20 minutes and already it is being compared unfavourably to Adele's smash hit Skyfall.

Others are accusing Smith of plagiarising Earth Song due to one segment of the song which bears a slight similarity to Michael Jackson's hit.

There are some positive reviews from critics with Neil McCormick declaring it "might be the greatest vocal he's ever recorded" while Rolling Stone describes it as "elegant".

Have a listen:

"I tried to put myself in the shoes of Bond," Smith told NPR. "My music is a diary and it's a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty. In the lyrics ... I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit."

Smith wrote the song with his Stay With Me co-writer Jimmy Napes.  That song bagged a Grammy for Song of the Year, and Smith has said he's hoping to be the first Bond singer to nab a number one.  He may well achieve that aim, although not if the following Twitter reaction is anything to go by...

Be warned, particularly if you're a Smith fan -  it's pretty rough!

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