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The World is Not Enough
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd

Songs Performed by:
Scott Walker
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Universal Records
(November 9th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. Both promos and bootlegs of the album, some with incorrect track titles, floated around the secondary market during the month prior to the commercial album's release. The contents of all albums are the same. The Garbage song was released simultaneously on a CD single.
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Buy it... if you appreciate and embrace the harsher technological edge that David Arnold progressively gave the scores for each of the Pierce Brosnan entries in the James Bond franchise.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to offer the same impressively balanced blend of symphonic force and electronica rhythms that made the Tomorrow Never Dies score a classic in the franchise.
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WRITTEN 10/27/99, REVISED 6/11/08
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The World is Not Enough: (David Arnold) With The World is Not Enough, the 19th entry in the famed 007 franchise, Pierce Brosnan was comfortably installed as James Bond and the tone of the resurrected series was firmly set in a new technological age. This Bond story differed most significantly from its predecessors because of its greater integration of Bond's superior, 'M' (Judi Dench), into the field of action, as well as the ramifications of her relationship with an heiress brainwashed into helping the villains of the day. Sophie Marceau's classy presence countered an otherwise ridiculous Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist, and, at the end of the day, the film was undemanding and quite entertaining. As usual, a handful of outstanding action sequences defined a Bond film, and these lengthy scenes are also the dominant factor in David Arnold's music for the film. The young British electronica and orchestra blender had fallen into the perfect venue in which to merge the two distinct halves of his talents. His experience on Tomorrow Never Dies wasn't entirely smooth, with his song replaced and a post-production schedule that prevented a well-rounded album release. Still, his music for the film is generally considered to be extremely strong, the pinnacle of his achievements throughout the years of Brosnan as 007. The mixture of his electronica rhythms and sound effects was well matched with the jazzy tradition of John Barry and the ethnic and orchestral elements in Tomorrow Never Dies, and his song, "Surrender," was both brilliantly written and performed. Arnold sought to continue the twist of old and new for The World is Not Enough, but given the even higher level of technical sophistication exhibited in the plot, the composer weighted the electronic elements more heavily this time around. This emphasis on his newly trademarked sound of drum loops and excessive metallic effects for the franchise is typically considered the defining characteristic of the work.

Along with the shift towards the electronica elements, Arnold's music for The World is Not Enough also differed in that it utilized the theme of the title song to a great degree in the score. Arnold wrote the melody for the song "The World is Not Enough," and his subsequent reliance on especially the three-note fragment containing the lyrics "not enough" is a very satisfying technique of cohesion. Unlike Tomorrow Never Dies, in which the title song eventually had nothing to do with the score, and Die Another Day, which, as Arnold lamented, offered an atrocious Madonna song with no discernable melody to adapt, The World is Not Enough features an extremely strong bond between its song and score. Arnold's adaptations of the melody into his score are far more intelligent than John Barry's old habit of only restating full reprises of his entire themes in lengthy fashion. The fragments of the title theme here, as well as several supporting elements, are really the greatest strength of The World is Not Enough. The performance of the song by Shirley Manson of the American rock group Garbage is lacking in style. While the instrumentation and progression of the song are well tied to the Bond franchise, Manson's voice is sleazy rather than sultry, and thus the song comes across as too grungy to support the underlying melody. In these regards, it stumbles with the same lazy attitude as Sheryl Crow and exhibits none of the high class of either k.d. lang or Tina Turner's recent entries. The album release for The World is Not Enough also features the loungey jazz song "Only Myself to Blame," performed with retro style by Scott Walker over muted trumpets and a traditional jazz ensemble. This song doesn't make much sense in context, for it fails to appear in the film and really has no connection to even the casino music that Arnold wrote in his score. If the energy level of the song had been kicked up a few levels, perhaps memories of the song from From Russia With Love would be merited. As it is, however, this inclusion of a totally irrelevant song is disappointing.

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Total Time: 68:21
• 1. The World is Not Enough - performed by Garbage (3:55)
• 2. Show Me the Money (1:28)
• 3. Come in 007, Your Time is Up (5:19)
• 4. Access Denied (1:33)
• 5. M's Confession (1:32)
• 6. Welcome to Baku (1:41)
• 7. Casino (2:55)
• 8. Ice Bandits (3:52)
• 9. Elektra's Theme: The Bedroom (2:06)
• 10. Body Double (3:00)
• 11. Going Down - The Bunker (6:27)
• 12. Pipeline (4:15)
• 13. Remember Pleasure (2:45)
• 14. Caviar Factory (6:01)
• 15. Torture Queen (2:22)
• 16. I Never Miss (3:32)
• 17. Submarine (10:19)
• 18. Christmas in Turkey (1:27)
• 19. Only Myself to Blame - performed by Scott Walker (3:37)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. Unlike the album for Tomorrow Never Dies, this one has no dialogue from any of the James Bond films.

Lyrics to "The World is Not Enough:"

I know how to hurt
I know how to kill
I know what to show
And what to conceal
I know when to talk
And I know when to touch
No one ever died from wanting too much

The world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you're strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my love

People like us
Know how to survive
There's no point in living
If you can't feel the life
We know when to kiss
And we know when to kill
If we can't have it all
Then nobody will

I... I feel sick
I... I feel scared
I... I feel ready
And heaven prepare

The world is not enough
The world is not enough
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