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Sophomore "crossover" album by eclectic/electric cello duo from Croatia - Lots of guests too!
on January 15, 2013
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.
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