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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Here's the 2nd "crossover" album by Croatian cello players Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. (I haven't heard the first one but - on Amazon - folks seemed to like it.
These guys became a big hit - apparently - when they appeared on the TV series "Glee" with Glee star Naya Rivera and there is a YouTube going viral.
On this album the two cellists have lots of big name company as guests. The first track, "Oh Well" is the early Fleetwood Mac hit (written by Peter Green, when he was in the band). Elton John is the guest here and he provides vocals to the electric cellos. It gets the album off to a great start. There more pop (hits by Rhianna, Cher and The Police) and rock (AC/DCs hard edged "Highway to Hell" - with guest Steve Vai on guitar and Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole) than I cared for and it's certainly like nothing else on Sony Masterworks (the label). An interesting track is the 6-minute version of "Clocks" (the Coldplay hit) with the cellists and Lang Lang on piano. Others I liked were the one original by the pair ("Orient Express"), the Italian song "The Book of Love" with Italian superstar Zucchero, and the closer, "Benedictus" (the dou accompanied by two keyboard players. This last track is the closest to a "classical piece". The 46 -minute CD is accompanied by an 8 panel booklet with more photos than info (basically the track listing). In one of the four photos of the duo they are shown with acoustic cellos; the others show them bearing electric ones. I can't tell for sure if the acoustic ones were used on the album, but if they were, it was sparse.

This is a fun album to listen to at least once, and I'm sure there will be a fan base, but those who are not fans of electric guitar riffs should be aware that electric cello riffs sound pretty much the same.
Another album that will get a boost from Youtube videos.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
I loved their first CD and their cello treatment of pop and rock songs. I was disappointed about all the singers and Steve Vai guitar taking precedence over their cello playing on this second CD. It's an okay CD but not like their first.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
I really like the cello parts, but I could take or leave the songs with lyrics. Still, very talented musicians.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Wow. 2 Cellos opened my eyes and ears to a new genre or music. Love it.
BUT: as much as I liked the first, that is how much I did not like the second.
Maybe I need to give it another listen while in a calmer mood, but their version of "Clocks", it pains to say that Lang Lang, destroyed it for me. There was even another song that grated on my nerves so much, again maybe I need to hear it while in a different place mentally, but I had to skip past it. "Super Massive Black Hole" is one of favorites by Muse, and I was disappointed, maybe I needed no voices, just cellos.
Thanks for reading my rant. ;-)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
I am so glad to have discovered 2 Cellos on You Tube this past weekend. There is not a pore in these guys bodies that does not have genius for the musical talent poring out. You have to hear it to belive it!!!! Cellos that sound like totally rocked out electric guitars???? These guys play every genre and they are like the Extreme Sports of the music world. We are living in a great time when music once again keeps gifting us with rare a few and far between genius, these guys belong in that category. Would love to see them pair up with Lindsey Stirling that is one session I would not want to miss.

If you have never heard of them check them out and get ready to be blown away and overjoyed to have found a super talent to add to your favorites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
I got the first cd when these two musicians became a big enough hit on youtube to make a recording. I don't think this, their second cd, is as good as the first but as I still like the music so that is all that is important.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
For a 2Cellos fan, I had to wait a long time for this album to be released. It over exceeded my expectations! The 2Cellos have a way with making me like songs I never liked before!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
2cellos just gets better with each song! Great Mix of songs on this cd. Can't wait to hear more from them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
Mixing classical skills with popular rock riffs, this is an awesome collections of songs. The arrangements are energizing, exciting and wonderful and their cellos skills are simply amazing! I really cannot say which track is my favorite because each one is more fabulous than the next and the collection is varied and diverse and yet throughout their powerful cellos dominate.

We picked up our copy of this CD at the concert. Having a daughter who loves violin, I thought seeing 2CELLOS may be a fun evening and what we discovered was that their fans range from all ages and cross cultural barriers. They are introducing youth to classical music and instruments and older people to the music of today and they do it in a way that appeals to everyone across the board.

I'm so glad we discovered them and we've since purchased their other wonderful breakout CD, simply titled 2Cellos and their latest live performance DVD 2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser) Live at Arena Zagreb as well. Their talent is beyond belief as you will hear when you purchase this awesome CD and watching them perform live is an experience you will likely never forget. Add this to your collection and listen for yourself to the magic they create!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
1. Oh, Well: Singing. Cellos in background. (skip)

2. We Found Love: Excellent track. My new jam.

3. Highway to Hell: Why, with heavy metal bands with musically great songs such as Queen, Pink Floyd, The Who, Rush (2112, with it's tip of the hat to the 1812 overture) would they electrify this anthemic but musically simple song and put it with the rest? (skip)

4. Every Breath You Take: A safe choice that's dangerously close to elevator music. Why not pick edgier tracks from the Police, such as Roxanne? (The limited edition with bonus tracks version has another version of this with guitar. You can guess my opinion of that by now.)

5. Supermassive Black Hole: See comments on tracks 1 & 3

6. Technical Difficulties: Ahh...another great track. Really showcases 2cellos ability to truly understand rock songs on many levels.

7. Clocks: This is a piano song. Why is it here? I enjoy it, but why is it here?

8. Bang Bang: See comments to track 1.

9. Voodoo People: Ahh...another great track.

10. Candle in the Wind: Another safe and sentimental choice that is dangerously close to elevator music. Elton John has far edgier songs. Pick them.

11. Orient Express: Ahhh...another great track.

12. Il Libro Dell 'Amore...see comments to track 1. (The limited edition bonus tracks has a true 2cellos version of this song. MUCH better)

13. Benedictus: A fitting 2cellos ending.
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