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Following up their chart-topping debut, Born, the girls of Bond return with another high-voltage crossover concoction. And their formula for success has hardly changed a beat: Shine mixes classical melodies and instrumentation with pulsing dance rhythms, ambient noises, and other new age and pop music trappings to take the string


Following up their chart-topping debut, Born, the girls of Bond return with another high-voltage crossover concoction. And their formula for success has hardly changed a beat: Shine mixes classical melodies and instrumentation with pulsing dance rhythms, ambient noises, and other new age and pop music trappings to take the string quartet into truly uncharted territory. Classical composers Borodin and Albinoni are covered with "Strange Paradise" and "Big Love Adagio," while the album moves in other directions, too, with a take on the tango style of Astor Piazzolla ("Libertango"), a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Kashmir," and other international-flavored tracks ("Gypsy Rhapsody," "Sahara," "Fuego"). In a departure from their debut, this time the quartet’s members -- Haylie, Eos, Tania, and Gay-Yee -- lend a stronger hand to the group’s distinctive sound by writing and co-writing several numbers. A bonus track is the fitting finale: "Bond on Bond," the sexy foursome's upbeat version of the 007 theme.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A sort of cross between Sex and the City and the Kronos Quartet as they might be remixed by Paul Oakenfold (actually Orion and the Beatmasters do most of the producing), Bond is a string quartet of toothsome beauties at least as concerned with their hair and makeup as their playing whose work on Shine is heavily augmented with dance beats. It's a formula that sits them atop the classical crossover charts, up there with Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban, and why not? As with their peers, the music is only ersatz classical, containing classical tunes here and there mixed in with classical-sounding new compositions. And the elaborate dance programming makes the music highly, well, programmable. Leadoff track "Allegretto" was quickly tapped for an upscale television commercial, a mark of success in this market previously achieved by the likes of Moby. Here and there among the oddly familiar melodies are actually identifiable ones. "Strange Paradise" is a much modified version of the same theme from Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" in his opera Prince Igor that became the show tune and pop hit "Stranger in Paradise" from the musical Kismet; "Kashmir" is the Led Zeppelin song; "Libertango" comes from Astor Piazzolla; the bonus track, "Bond on Bond," is, inevitably, Monty Norman's James Bond movie theme; and "Space" sounds like the theme from every movie ever set in a Middle Eastern desert (although here it sounds like it comes from a Middle Eastern disco). The CD booklet, full of fashion-style photography, outdoes anything from Britney Spears, and, of course, there's nary a musical instrument in sight. The music may be the least of it, but as marketing, Bond is hard to fault.

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Performance Credits

Bond   Primary Artist
Beatmasters   Synthesizer
Dave Peabody   Guitar
Aziz   Flute
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Skaila Kanga   Harp
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John McKenzie   Bass
Guy Pratt   Bass
Craig Pruess   Conductor,Sitar,Tamboura,Mandola
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Gavyn Wright   Conductor
Maya   Vocals
Tania   Viola
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Stuart Crichton   Bass,Keyboards
Rony Barrak   Percussion,Bongos,Darbouka,Clay Pot,Doholla,Mazhar
Eos   Violin
London Metropolitan Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Haylie Ecker   Violin
Yoad Nevo   Bass,Guitar
Eos Chater   Vocals
Michelle DeVries   Cymbals
Estaban Antonio   Acoustic Guitar
Kuljit Balma   Percussion,Tabla
Pavlos Doukanares   Bouzouki
Shashi Pandit   Vocals
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Beatmasters   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Pete Craigie   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Engineer,Engineering
Brian Gascoigne   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Gary Langan   Engineer
Craig Pruess   Arranger,Director,String Arrangements,Direction
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineering
Ulrich Weber   Cover Photo
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Andy Stephens   Management
John Dixon   Producer
Ian Wherry   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Adam Brown   Engineer
Stuart Crichton   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rony Barrak   Contributor
Magnus Fiennes   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Stephane Malca   Programming,Producer
Ric Featherstone   Programming,Engineer
Keith Uddin   Engineer
Robin Twelftree   Programming,Producer
Andy Page   Programming
John Anderson Concert Orchestra   beats
Haylie Ecker   Arranger,String Arrangements
Tania Davis   Arranger
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Andrej Bako   Programming
Remi Kazinoti   Arranger
Thomas Bowes   Orchestra Leader
Bond   Arranger,String Arrangements
Phil da Costa   Engineer
Wil Malone   Arranger,String Arrangements

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Shine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the commercial promoting the new Bond album, I just went crazy. The second day I just had to go buy it. It is amazing!! Very eclectic!! In my opinion, Shine is the best of all the songs. The video is amazing too! You have to buy this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond came on the scene less than two years ago and made a big splash, not only because of their dynamic musicality but because of their style, looks and energy. A good concept, well-executed. So I, as a relatively new Bond fan, looked forward with anticipation to their second studio release. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it falls flat in several respects. Let it be said that successful follow-ups can be difficult to achieve; choosing what material to do, whether to maintain a stylistic direction or try something new. This project falls short of the mark. The material chosen lacks variety and doesn't seem to showcase the legitimate talent of the individual players. There is nothing terribly challenging here and much of it seems to fall into a mid-tempo sea of vocal chants and overly-energetic sequenced rhythm tracks. Maybe that's the niche they're going for but it seems a waste compared to material that could have been much more broad and exploratory. All this despite a page and a half of credits in a 4-point font and six different producers plus an exec. For all the people involved in this project the results are, to me, clearly underwhelming. It isn't fair to compare a new release to a previous release, especially since their debut album set a strong precedent. But really, I was hoping for much more than this. Incidentally, the look of the players and how they're presented is dramatically different than before. They're all very attractive women, along with being talented players, but the look is compatible with Maxim, FHM or other soft-core mens magazines. Not that I mind. I only wish what was on the CD met or exceeded what's on the packaging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece loaned me her copy of "Shine" and I got hooked right from the first track. The Shine track tells it all, but the whole album is a masterpiece. The Big Love Adagio was magic, and that telling nothing of their version of Stranger in Paradise(Kismet). I'm a new avid fan......Kudos
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only gorgeous but so awesomely talented! you will NOT be disapointed with this CD no matter what kind of music you listen to! so; don't wait--just go get it!!! the cover is awesome too!(ha ha!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only gorgeous but so awesomely talented as well! no matter what kind of music you listen to--you WILL enjoy this CD!! so-don't wait just go get it!! I can't wait to see them live!! i'll be in the front row!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond is turning out to be a group that I do not need to hear before I buy it because I know it will be great! Their take on classical and other music is very unique with the lite electronic background and the passion as to which they attack the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like classical music with a flair, then Bond's new CD, "Shine" is for you. Each track has strong classical roots and immaculate presentation with a flair for all tastes. There is even a couple of tracks that even the non-classical music fan will easily recognize. "Bond on Bond" takes the familiar theme song to 007 movies and adds the "Fab 4 of Classical Music's" touch of personality to it. Also, "Kashmir" beautifully recreates an old Led Zeppelin classic. The other 11 tracks on the CD seem to one-up each other in the way that these 4 beautiful women deliver their music. Although there are only 4 of them, they deliver the big orchestra sound with a touch of modernity. Their first CD, "Born" was incredible in the way that these women brought drama and excitement to classical music. However, with "Shine" they have by far exceeded the standards that they established and have beautifully matured in their sense of performance and musicianship.This is a must buy for any music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The follow-up album of this amazingly talented group is all that could be hoped for and more! With thirteen awesome tracks, including one by the group's first violinist Haylie Ecker, and one by the second violinist Eos Chater, you can only love the sound of the group! There are many ethnic ifluences in the album, including Indian, African, Spanish and Latin, that all make sure that the listner is transported to a different state of mind with the beginning of each track. Among many masterful re-workings of popular oldies, including Led Zeplin's "Kashmir", Tony Bennett's "Stranger in Paradise", "Big Love Adagio", and the James Bond theme which is cleverly titled "Bond on Bond", there are also a number of dance inspired tracks. "Shine" is a diverse album that lives up to expectations and makes for a truly wonderful album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hai i'm not fans, but i always follow your news everyday. i buy your album. what is your image that you looking for ? in born album, the song is more electric. in shine album it's more sad, and simple. actually i don't care about your technic, how fast and how great you play. coz in the music that is doesn't matter. the matter is where is your SOUL, you lost it!!!. don't forget that !!! you are born to be musician, not a models. yes you are pretty. but you have to return to your music, don't get influence to far with your rising star. by the way where is your own song. i read on the album. there is NO ONE your create. and don't use to much program, human doesn't like constanly like that we are not robot. we have go back to nature. and what is your goal actually ? find your vision, my girls!!! maybe it sound rude, but you have to review all the critics, so you can get more better. if you do that, so i'm not wrong to choose you as the best group classical. thanks, just think my girl !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music is all good but it would be impossible for them to better BORN. BOND on Bond is my favorite selection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally classical music played with talent that is only equaled by their beauty. A definate purchase for the serious music lover. A rollercoaster ride of emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has a way of calming the soul and uplifting the spirits! The bows race across my heart and moves every fiber of my being. A truly wonderful listening experience!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
They are back, those amazing artist of Classical Music - with a kick. You will enjoy this second "Bestseller".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had pre-ordered Bond's Shine Cd and and eagerly awaited it's arrival. I received it the day after it was released in the US and the wait was not in vain. This is an EXCELLANT cd. The songs are lively, vibrant and fresh. If you liked Born then you'll like Shine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bond Shine CD is an excellent followup to their Born effort. The title track Shine and their version of Led Zepplin's Kasmir are the two highlights of the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Think of four classically trained instrumentalists, with a flare for pop music, and who are mistaken for supermodels. Yes Bond is back, with their new album shine, released in the US on October 15th. These girls again show how talented they are. This type of music os somewhat new to the scene, just recently finding its way into both classical and pop charts. The title song Shine, is very bold and vibrant with an eastern flavor. Fuego is a fast paced song in which you wonder how they can keep their arms from getting tired, all the while feeling like you should be jumping about. The entire cd is filled with wonderful songs, a couple were written by the girls themselves! They even do the theme to James Bond, done their way of course, and it turned out fantastic! There are some familiar songs on the CD as well such as Allegreto, and Strange Paradise. The CD as a whole is wonderful, and uplifting no matter what song you listen to. Reccomended for all ages. The next cd is sure to be another smash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this band. They are rockin'! I love the way that their music is different than what we usually hear. These ladies are extremely talented. The sound is unique and we need unique. I think this music is great for people of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shine is quite simply an amazing album. I myselt am a teenager. I can say that most teens dont listen to classical music. But with the blending of the strings and electronic (techo style) drums/rythem, this album will apeal to a much wider range of people. It simply cannot fail you. There's just no way you couldn't get into this music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not classical music for purists. This is crank it up, put the top down, and drive classical. Its a fun CD which sounds like the girls are having a good time. Their remake of Zepplin's Kashmir is dead on and powerful. There really isn't a weak cut on this CD and for people who don't normally gravitate towards classically oriented music, will find themselves giving this CD a lot of "airtime."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The difference from the first album to this one is that, song-to-song, from beginning of the album to the end, there is more consistency of the driving sound that their first album introduced. I do hope they'll mix in a few more pieces that showcase their classical strengths in the future, but this is a very good album. I've seen some concert shots of Bond, and while some people may decry their "new image" *shrug* I will admit that their first photographs seemed more sunshine than vamp, but their 'new look' doesn't stray from who they are I'm sure (and does not take away from their music!). Bands polish themselves; I hope Bond finds their public image in many ways (their message is, after all, expanding the genre of classical--would be a shame if they didn't believe in this universally). Their style is movie-epic and surges: Go, buy! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very good. I love the way bond relates classic music with modern music. I hope that they are going to have a lot more new albums!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to the album, Born, Shine is quite impressive. It's alot edgier in sound but maintains the raw electronic/classical sound that is BOND. The theme from James Bond is a highlight!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I also enjoyed this CD, I believe it is not nearly as good as the first. I also noticed that the pictures are a bit more, shall we say... provocative. But over all, I believe the quality went down, maybe they spent more time concentrating on the pictures this time....
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful second album from four supremely talented and beautiful young ladies. I had to import this album, as I couldn't wait the extra few weeks until it was released in the UK...and I wasn't disappointed! "Shine" certainly has a more upbeat and techno-pop feel than "Born", and has a more worldly influence for many of the tracks. However, the girls' individual talents seem to have been under-used this time round, with hardly any technically taxing pieces of music for the girls to play with, (which, in my opinion, is a great shame). Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed every track on its own merits. All in all, "Shine" certainly doesn't work the girls as hard as in "Born", and far more techno stuff is used this time round, but as an album to enjoy listening to, it is joint top with their earlier effort! I'd like to see Bond perform some more cover versions for future albums...maybe "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd, or how about the fun and excitement the girls (and their fans) could have with the theme to "Deliverance"? Let's have more fun tracks such as "Korobushko" and "Duel" from the first album. Some people have suggested that Bond are concentrating more on photo-shoots and their image than on their musical talents with this album...I MUST DISAGREE. The Bond girls are all very beautiful, and are not ashamed to let us see that fact. Everyone knows that 'sex sells', and as far as the girls are concerned, 'If you've got it, Flaunt it' comes to mind. I don't mind seeing them scantily-clad within the album cover, and I for one wouldn't complain if they decided to 'clad' themselves even more 'scantily' next time! Here are my views on each track from "Shine" :- 1.Allegretto:-A very catchy classical piece played to an accompanying disco drum beat, and with a fantastic pizzicato section in the middle, (more of these please!). This tune has a very 'hooked-on-classics' feel, and will have you humming and whistling it permanently, as you won't be able to get it out of your head for weeks! 2.Shine:-The title track, and first single from the album, this is clearly inspired by the Asian culture. A pleasing sound, very commercial production-wise, and asks more of the girls than many of the other tracks. 3.Fuego:-Another classical-inspired track that will almost certainly be released as a single, with the same sort of appeal as "Viva" and "Victory" from their first album. (I particularly liked the ending of this track, which should really make Haylie work when performed live). 4.Strange Paradise:-A melodic interpretation of a piece by Borodin, played to a deep techno-beat background for the most part. Pleasing to the ear, and very easy to listen to. 5.Speed:-Sure to be a popular track with most people, I found that the synthesizer track merged too much with the strings at times, so I could hardly hear the girls play. However, it's still good to listen to. 6.Big Love Adagio:-Clearly, a version of Albinoni's classical Adagio, this mellow piece allows all four girls to show their abilities more than any other track, and so the drum beat in the background is hardly noticed. Superb. 7.Kashmir:-When I first saw the title of this track, I dearly hoped that it would somehow be a cover of the classic Led Zeppelin track...and it is!!! An absolutely fantastic version of an already superb track, with at last some proper drums accompanying the music. I particularly liked the violin interpretation of the Zep.lyrics, although I wasn't quite sure until the second playing. I can't stop listening to this track! 8.Gypsy Rhapsody:-A fun, vibrant and quirky rendition with heavy Middle-Eastern influences, this will undoubtedly be another favourite with many, (including myself). I can really imagine the girls enjoying themselves whilst playing this live. 9.Libertango:-I really enjoyed this Piazzola tune whilst trying to decide whether it was mainly of Italian, Spanish, French, or Latin origin...maybe it was a fusion of all four styles? I couldn't h
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is off the hook!!! it's even BETTER than the first one!! It's got more variety and much more phat beats to it!!it features beautiful songs such as Strange Paradise and Big love Adagio and also hip on the go songs like Allegretto, Fuego, and Speed. Their renditions of Kashmir and the BOnd theme are absoulutely awesome!!and also for those who love ethnic music, this album has awesome influences from India and Egypt for songs such as Shine and Sahara. Go get SHINE!!!!!!!!!!