2Cellos

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, were discovered through YouTube, after six million people viewed their classical cover version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Now with a major-label deal under their belt, the classically trained musicians face the tough prospect of translating what could be seen a one-trick pony novelty into a full-length album. It's a task made even more difficult considering that, unlike violinist David Garrett's forays into classical rock, which add layers of orchestral production on top of his virtuoso skills, the two 24-year-olds' self-titled debut doesn't...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, were discovered through YouTube, after six million people viewed their classical cover version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Now with a major-label deal under their belt, the classically trained musicians face the tough prospect of translating what could be seen a one-trick pony novelty into a full-length album. It's a task made even more difficult considering that, unlike violinist David Garrett's forays into classical rock, which add layers of orchestral production on top of his virtuoso skills, the two 24-year-olds' self-titled debut doesn't feature any other instruments. Luckily, the pair's masterful talents, which seem to produce sounds from a cello that otherwise wouldn't seem possible, more than make up for the lack of background support. Indeed, other than the deliberately sparse reworkings of Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt" and second Jackson interpretation "Human Nature," its 12 tracks very rarely feel as stripped-back as one might expect, as the duo replicates the twanging guitar hook from Dick Dale's Pulp Fiction theme "Misirlou," the crunching riffs of Nirvana's grunge classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and the lilting piano chords of Muse's "The Resistance," using a combination of plucking, bowing, and frantic strumming. While the bombastic treatments of "Smooth Criminal" and Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" have received all the attention, the whole concept is just as effective on the slower numbers, as they turn Sting's flamenco-tinged "Fragile" into a mournful Gypsy folk ballad and transform U2's "With Or Without You" into a poignant instrumental suitable for a soundtrack to a Jane Austen adaptation. The ambitious project only really falters on the one track, which on paper seems best suited to their craft, with their adaptation of "Viva la Vida" sounding surprisingly flat when compared to Coldplay's already string-soaked original. But 2Cellos is far from the classical karaoke affair one might have anticipated, as Sulic and Hauser have created an inventive first offering, with unique and innovative arrangements, that deserves to transcend their YouTube beginnings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886979101128
  • Catalog Number: 791011
  • Sales rank: 143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where the Streets Have No Name (4:04)
  2. 2 Misirlou (2:14)
  3. 3 Use Somebody (3:28)
  4. 4 Smooth Criminal (4:12)
  5. 5 Fragile (3:28)
  6. 6 The Resistance (3:49)
  7. 7 Hurt (4:30)
  8. 8 Welcome To the Jungle (3:11)
  9. 9 Human Nature (2:49)
  10. 10 Viva La Vida (3:42)
  11. 11 Smells Like Teen Sprit (2:52)
  12. 12 With or Without You (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
2Cellos Primary Artist
Luka Sulic Primary Artist, Cello
Stjepan Hauser Cello
Technical Credits
Michael Jackson Composer
Sting Composer
Izzy Stradlin Composer
The Edge Composer
Kurt Cobain Composer
Dave Grohl Composer
Duff McKagan Composer
Krist Novoselic Composer
Steve Porcaro Composer
Trent Reznor Composer
Axl Rose Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
Kirk Yano Executive Producer, Management
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
David Lai Management
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon Buckland Composer
Matthew Bellamy Composer
Jared Followill Composer
Matthew Followill Composer
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Miro Vidovic Executive Producer, Engineering
S. Adler Composer
Scott Farthing Marketing
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
A. Clayton Composer
S. Hudson Composer
P. Hewson Composer
C. Martin Composer
J. Bettis Composer
I. Followill Composer
Jay Franco Mastering
Angela Barkan Publicity
L. Mullen Composer
Filip Vidovic Producer, Engineering
Anthony Followill Composer
Stjepan Hauser Arranger, Producer
Matej Zec Engineering
Luka Sulic Arranger, Producer
Larissa Slezak Publicity
Dean Bertoncelj Cover Photo
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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Wonderful sound!

    These two are, of course, extremely talented. I love the spin they've put on some wonderful songs, and I'm a sucker for the cello. BN has it at a good price, especially if you're a member (free shipping).

    I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the likes of David Garrett, Vanessa Mae, Chris Murphy, etc.

    Happy listening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    This cd is so relaxing and fun. It is an original take on modern

    This cd is so relaxing and fun. It is an original take on modern music. It becomes easy to recognize the songs they are doing and they are so enjoyable. I'm not someone who usually listens to music without lyrics but these two are just so much fun to listen to. I recommend this for anyone looking for a new cd with a different sound.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    Unique but mainstream worthy. Love this musical duo!

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Absolutely amazing and such an original take on modern music with a classic flair.

    WHen one first thinks of cello music, the last thing one would expect to hear is the works of Johnny Cash, Muse, or even Michael Jackson in place of the classical greats of Mozart or Beethoven and the like. What got me to inititally purchase the cd was the reindition of Nirvana's Teen Spirit and now I am so very glad I took that chance. It is amazing the way that these musicians have taken modern music and placed they own interpretive spin upon it while keeping true to the original artists one. Especially with Cash's Hurt, beautifully done and definately one of my favorites. I'd highly recommend it to anyone and everyone as it has the potential to bring together both young and old alike to bond over this wonderful blend of music.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Astonishingly Beautiful.

    As a long time musician myself, I can honestly say that these young cellists are some of the most talented I have ever seen. Their knowledge and love of popular culture shines through their classical training... and they have created a refreshingly breath-taking new sound with historic influence. I'm a big fan of classical pieces... to be able to pop this cd in my car just after listening to the likes of bach or brahms and have it flow seamlessly is a great feeling. I can't wait to hear much more from these two artists in the future.

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