Classified

Classified

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Bond, the comely string-playing foursome, return to combine classical technique with high-wattage dance beats on their third album, Classified. Following their now-familiar M.O., the group pay homage to classical masters on several tracks by mixing familiar themes with pulsating percussion and pop-style production. "Lullaby" takesSee more details below

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Bond, the comely string-playing foursome, return to combine classical technique with high-wattage dance beats on their third album, Classified. Following their now-familiar M.O., the group pay homage to classical masters on several tracks by mixing familiar themes with pulsating percussion and pop-style production. "Lullaby" takes Pachelbel's Canon to new heights; "Hungarian" is a scorching version of a Brahms Gypsy dance; Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake theme inspires the atmospheric "Midnight Garden"; "Adagio for Strings" spikes Barber's well-known music with jungle rhythms; "Señorita" adds edgy beats to Bizet's "Habañera"; and Khachaturian's "Saber Dance" gets electrified on the madcap "Highly Strung." Other contemporary tracks, "Samba" and "Scorchio," spice the album with Latin and Middle Eastern flavors, adding to the eclectic, international feel. A cover of the disco classic "Fly Robin Fly" features a surprising departure -- vocals -- for the instrumental sirens, while "Explosive," the opening track repeated as a closing remix, would fit right in as the soundtrack for a James Bond action sequence. What's in a name? Seems these four have all the answers.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
It's telling that Bond decided to cover the flutter disco classic "Fly Robin Fly" for Classified, its third official album. An irresistibly flaky studio confection of chirping strings and lighthearted beats, "Fly" was essentially a 1975 blueprint for the Bond girls' 21st century sound. Naturally, they handle it with professional charm. Backed by capable beats and processed guitar, violinists Eos Chater and Haylie Ecker, violist Tania Davis, and cellist Gay-Yee Westerhoff reproduce the track perfectly, right down to the vocal interjections (handled by Chater and Westerhoff). Yes, it's fluff. But so was the original, and it was a worldwide smash. Like the sweet violins cascading through the disco era, or Welsh whelp Charlotte Church transposing her soprano over show tunes and pop, Bond's classical skills are just arrows in their quivers as macro-pop interpreters on the world stage. Classified's set list of softballs and wide-angle international flair bears this out. The keening strings and pulsing beats of "Explosive" and the likely named "Samba" are lit with a Latin flame; "Hungarian" amplifies its gypsy qualities with relentless electronic rhythms; and "Lullaby" crosses the familiar sway of Pachelbel's "Canon in D" with cut-up pop resembling Madonna's "Don't Tell Me." The support of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on many of these tracks is a nice connector to the classical world, but Classified is still dominated by slick pop production and clicky drum machines, often rendering even Bond's playing as part of the overall scenery. There's filler here, too, where Bond's recombinant formula takes things too far. "Highly Strung," for example, tries to marry Khachaturian's manic "Sabre Dance" to spy movie guitar and chattering electronics, the result being more garishly cartoonish than interpretive. Still, as their cover of "Fly Robin Fly" suggests, Bond is just trying to have some widely accessible fun. Classified doesn't have purist appeal, but who needs those sourpusses, anyway?

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947561613
catalogNumber:
000233202
Rank:
18891

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bond   Primary Artist,String Quartet
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tim Bran   Keyboards
Lynda Richardson   Vocals
Rony Barrak   Percussion,Darbouka
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Eos   Vocals
Fergus Gerrand   Percussion
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Cello,Vocals,Group Member
Gerry Moffett   Guitar
Nikolaj Juel   Guitar
Haylie Ecker   Violin,Group Member
Tania Davis   Viola,Group Member
Eos Chater   Violin,Group Member
Peter Huntington   Keyboards
Ivica Murat   Flute
Damir Somen   Drums

Technical Credits

Samuel Barber   Composer
Aram Khachaturian   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Composer
Airto Moreira   Composer
Clive Goddard   Engineer
Gareth Jones   Engineer
Gary Langan   Producer,Engineer
Peter Lazonby   Composer,Programming,Producer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Ramon Zenker   Composer
Ian Wherry   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Adam Brown   Engineer
Matt Dunkley   Orchestral Arrangements
Eduardo Alarcón Leal   Programming,Producer,Contributor
Gottfried Engels   Composer
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Composer
Adama N'Diaye Rose   Engineer
Haylie Ecker   Composer
Tania Davis   Arranger,Composer
Eos Chater   Composer
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Adam Pickard   Programming,Contributor
Stephan Prager   Composer
Eduard Botric   Audio Production
Tonci Huljic   Composer
Peter Huntington   Programming
Nenad Siskov   Arranger
Scott Wilson   Contributor
Martin Glover   Composer
Sylvester Levay   Composer
Bond   Arranger,Composer
Niksa Bratos   Audio Production

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