I have to say, I was terribly disappointed by Thomas Newman's "SPECTRE" score. The "Day of the Dead" festival music is terrific, but otherwise I found this CD to be monotonous and, frankly, boring - the one thing that James Bond should never be. One track bleeds into the next, until eventually the droning comes to an end.
It's fine for a Bond soundtrack to not be in the John Barry mold; George Harrison's "Live and Let Die" and Marvin Hamlisch's "The Spy Who Loved Me" are both terrific examples of other ways to do Bond. Eric Serra's "GoldenEye" is often cited as a Bond soundtrack outside the Barry vain that didn't work, but I actually dig it. But this "SPECTRE" score by Newman? It lacks presence or personality.
The one curiosity is the instrumental version of Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall". I also bought the CD single of that song, which includes the instrumental version. The difference is that on Smith's CD single, I can easily hear his vocals on the title line; they're entirely absent from the version included on this soundtrack CD. Why the difference, I can't even guess, but I do appreciate the offering here.