With the Jack & Coke commercial and requisite sell-out/contract interpretation issues behind us, today we finally get to Jack and Alicia bond, James Bond. Billboard told us the White Keys track featured JW as songwriter, producer, and drummer, but they forgot to mention he trades vocals with Alicia, too. Actually there’s very little trading going on; “Another Way To Die” sounds like Alicia stepped in at the last minute of Jack on a studio bender after a week-long 007 marathon.

Think Jack’s found his new foil? Alicia seems to — she wants Jack on her next album. Quantum Of Solace hits theaters 11/14 (10/31 in the UK). Noel’s already campaigning for the next one.

UPDATE: Check out the official stream for better audio.

Comments (57)
  1. she is totally unnecessary in this song. jack has all the neo-soul she does!

  2. This sounds like a Jack White song and the powers that be — the ones in charge of all the sell-out requisite issues — decided Alicia should be added on. She’s singing too much like him, that kind of blues wailing isn’t really flattering for her voice.

  3. yeah it feels kinda messy. but isn’t that what we want from jack white?

  4. gigi  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    jesus the ending where they both moan sounds so out of tune

    this majorly blows

  5. gouldgirl  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 +1

    I’d love to hear what Amy Winehouse had to offer.

    • Lincoln  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 -1

      You want to hear what Amy Winehouse submitted? What, and was rejected in favour of this heap? No thanks. I’d like to have heard what a real rock musician paired with Alicia Keys could have achieved.

      But what the hell. Bad themes seem the way to go since they showed Shirley Bassey the door.

  6. takeitup  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    the blues wailing is what got her noticed in the first place. “Fallin’”, remember? was like an old field holler.
    Great job on this tune, so heavy, has all the elements it needs

    • Funny you mention “Fallin’” because that was the song I was comparing her voice to — that was different from this one. She belted more range in “Fallin’”, here she’s just wailing like Jack. Don’t get me wrong, I love Alicia Keys, but I was expecting more… huskiness.

  7. Amy Winehouse would have the thousand-yard-stare to offer, she’s vacant. I think JW has put a necessary tweak on a franchise that has recently turned out some poor theme songs. Chris Cornell, seriously?

  8. Piehole  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    Wow, this sinks to the bottom of all of the soundtracks for me. The main thing about a Bond song is it has to have a soaring, propulsive energy, a wide-screen, expansive, cinematic, narrative feeling. This, by contrast, constantly arrests the forward motion with herky-jerky inserts and rhythms. Will anyone walk out of the theatre humming this? No. Bleagh. Love ya Jack, but your t-shirt says it all on this project. Huge opportunity lost when Winehouse flamed out. Perfect marriage of talent and franchise. So sad.

    • Greg  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2008 0

      For the record, I’m already humming this song.

    • SSGMEADER  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

      I think thats the point though. These last two Bond movies are about Bond before he becomes the suave super spy all the other movies protray. It’s grittier more “jerky” He’s not slick yet. I think the song compliments the feel of the movie. I think its a great song catches your attention instantly as something familiar but like you’ve never heard before. I do think they could have used a number of other female singers and accomplished a similar feel. Maybe Joss Stone . But still a good song.

  9. funoka  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    Crunchy, chewy, and maybe I want more on Alicia’s next.

  10. dpdk  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    Wasn’t sure what to think about this when I first heard it yesterday, but now I can’t get it out of my head. So maybe they’re onto something…

  11. Sam Stringer-Hye  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    I don’t get the other commentors. Yes it’s very different. But it is badass, which a James Bond song needs to be.

  12. amy winehouse  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    it’s awesome.

  13. Joe  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    Sounds pretty awesome. I know that once my dad hears it, he’ll shit a brick and ask me what the fuck it is (especially with the breakdowns), but it’s all right, definitely.

  14. GARY  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    WHAT HAPPENED TO “GOLDFINGER”,” THUNDERBALL”,”LIVE AND LET DIE “, “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME” THIS STINKS!!!!!!! THE PRODUCERS OF THE FILMS NEED TO STOP TRYING TO BE SO HIP!!!! AND MAKE GOOD FILMS WITH GOOD MUSIC !!! I CAN HOPE ONE DAY THEY’LL GET IT RIGHT

  15. Grand  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    I don’t like either of them, but this is ok. I certainly wouldn’t have the balls to try and write a song that hold its own against “Live and Let Die”. Though it might have been better without Keys. Her voice just makes it sound like every other bland Bond song done in the past 20 years.

  16. dsven  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    Not sure why they made it a duet…JW could have done this on his own just fine.

    That being said, I don’t mind this track at all. Easily the best Bond theme in my opinion since View to a Kill (though the bar has been set pretty low….Chris Cornell, Madonna, Garbage and Sheryl Crow all failed in creating anything memorable).

  17. Ashrey  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    I am really really confused.

  18. David  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

    This sounds more “Jack White feat. Alicia Keys” than “Alicia Keys feat. Jack White.”

    • mitchell  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 0

      And by better mix you mean official, full, Siglo 21 Spanish DJ-less. Personally I like it, but I’m not too big on the vocal arrangement or the style of the lyrics. The music is great though.

  19. This bond song sounds tiny. And no amount of canned studio brass could make it bigger. Bad.

  20. it’s a bond song, plain and simple

  21. Pepe  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2008 0

    It’s certainly a grower. Miles above Die Another Day and You Know My Name. The riff is stuck in my head.

  22. I saw an interview with JW where he was talking about Seven Nation Army, and he said that if he ever was asked to write the James Bond theme, it would be that. So while this song is no where near as great as that one, it’s solid. It definitely fits the feel of the trailer. The James Bond movies with Daniel Craig are a lot grittier than the old ones, and I think this song reflects that while still keeping the spirit of a James Bond theme song.

  23. christian  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2008 0

    singing unison was a bad decision…i know people have said it, but keys is completely unnecessary here. She’s just trying to blend in to jack white’s melody….they couldn’t write a harmony? so weird….catchy though. jack white is great — i agree that it fits the grit of casino royale

  24. Greg  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2008 0

    I will judge this song when I hear it in full fidelity, blasting over movie theatre speakers, while the opening credits roll. I have a suspicion it will rock pretty goddamn hard.

  25. yourmom  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2008 0

    Stop hating. This is sickkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!

  26. I love Jack White

  27. matt  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2008 0

    someone has sed it goes with the grit of casino royal, thr spot on its a great bond tune. and i like hw white and keys voices sound 2gether. i think it all works. white is a genius and keys has a great voice.
    its a fukn belter bond tune

  28. mike  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2008 0

    This is totaly cool .. but Bond music? Not hardly.

  29. funklord  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2008 0

    this sounds like complete shit. is there anyone that is actually going to buy this?

  30. el polacko  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2008 0

    OUCH !! my ears !! jack white adds little bond-ian flourishes here and there, but that screech from the hugely untalented alicia keyes is just painful. bring back shirley bassey !

  31. joni  |   Posted on Sep 22nd, 2008 0

    Jack White, once again, delivers. Wait til you hear it in the opening sequence, fellas.

  32. stephen  |   Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 0

    anyone remember tomorrow never dies or lies by pulp? they should have used that one. also the one that bono and edge wrote for tina turner wasn’t a bad tune

  33. jamaal  |   Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 0

    goddamn this blows, i was expecting more. oh well lolz

  34. jess  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 0

    it starts off and you think what…this is rubbish. but as it goes on it sorta grows on you

  35. It works for a bond song.

  36. Its definitely a decent song, but i just hoped for something mind blowing…. dang it.

  37. smarterchild  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 0

    booooo

  38. Kate   |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I’m sure some will say that this is a matter of opinion, but Jack White IS a real rock musician. He’s not about trying to prove his mettle to nay-sayers, he stays true to himself, and brings passion to everything he does-and is the 13th best guitarist in Rolling Stones Top 100. It might be his self-trained sound that turns you off, but rock is not all about showing off like a prick. And don’t even start on Meg White. Just read what I wrote above.
    And I can safely say he’s more talented than you in the guitar dept. I just saw him live yesterday and he filled me with glee.

  39. Carlos  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    Oh, this is really bad… also, weird it was leaked from a Spanish radio show!

  40. Bergorama  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    This Song Has the Makings for a brillant video, I hope they know this. The messed up confusion is very different and disturbing in a nice way.

  41. kenneth  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    Love it :D jack rules :p no realy he does and i normaly hate kes but she’s allright in this song, gives it something xtra ;)

  42. Keith Stevenson  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 0

    Jack white is playing left handed in this vid…..?

  43. André  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    The guitar sounds like Jimmy Page in Led Zepplin, a big influence in Jack white. Very powerfull this music, or you hate or you love it. I thing its diferent and the best james bond music in years

  44. Rachel  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2008 0

    So much hating…I think the song sounds amazing. I was a little hesitant at first…Jack White and Alicia Keys? That has to be the oddest collaboration ever. But the song sounds GOOD. She feeds off of his voice well. I really like this song. Combines 2 of my favorite musicians.

  45. audrey  |   Posted on Nov 7th, 2008 0

    it’s really bad i have to admit. And Alicia Keys is my fave. singer.
    Damn it.

  46. This song is massively bitchin’! My initial reaction was “Alicia Keys & Jack White?! What the hell?”, but this song has invaded my skull. I like Keys, but some of her songs can be hit or miss (love “Fallin’”, “You Don’t Know My Name”, dislike “Karma”) and I have slowly been feelin’ The White Stripes over the last few years, but I would never have imagined that the two of them would pair up to creat something this ferocious. It’s yoked-up, sexy, brutal but elegant, full of lovely surpises (his guitar skills are incredible and her repeated, one key stroke throughout the song is simply very cool), but rough ’round the edges…just like our current James Bond. (And yeah, I think that was very intentional.) Plus, they both look incredibly hot as hell in the video (they DO have chemistry), so, yeah, I hope they work together again.

  47. jake the snakey-poo  |   Posted on Nov 11th, 2008 0

    dang. the video is cheese but the grit of the song matches the gray-haired- angering quaities of the move. they say it’s too staccato, jerky-actioned, and fast/stutter-stop paced, but i think kids do dig it.

  48. bb  |   Posted on Nov 21st, 2008 0

    i personally think its awesome..
    a very odd duet
    but it works.
    i cant get it out of my head!

  49. martta  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 0

    hola mi nombre es maria tengo 11 años y he compuesto dos canciones esta es el estribillo de una es este¨:
    no quiero la tipica cancion con pausas y sin prisas compuse con mi musica mi corazom al viento
    jajaja
    gracias
    espero triunfar, encanta esta cancion por que mi artista preferida es alicia keys gracias
    un beso a todos
    martita

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