So this is what happened:
When I heard the samples of the score a few weeks before it was released I was slightly underwhelmed but hopeful.
When I heard the score for the first time in the film I was intrigued and liked it.
When I listened to the score on CD for the first time I liked and appreciated it. The more I listened to it I even began to love it.
Now, many months and listenings later I still discover new things about this score and I absolutely ADORE it. And really, the Bond theme can be found in almost every track, so much of it is typical Barry - and still it manages to update everything in the most interesting and subtly detailed way.
Newman is a genius. And I definitely would welcome him to return for many more Bond films.