Shine

Shine

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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 stringSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947050025
catalogNumber:
470500
Rank:
45330

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Album Credits

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
Peter Mew   Mastering
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,Digital Editing
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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