Born, the debut album by four conservatoire-trained young women has little to do with classical music. It's a gimmick, fusing a string quartet of frivolous femmes, spicy girls who all want to be "Posh", with dance beats, a big production mixing their violins, viola and cello with polished electronics. Add an enormous marketing budget and watch them top the charts. Taking themselves less than seriously--they played the James Bond theme at their Royal Albert Hall debut gig--pop "Victory" looks assured. This single bounces along with a dash of Rossini's Barber of Seville and a real sense of pop melodrama, in spirit little different from what guitarist John Williams did with his rather less photogenic band Sky in the late 1970s. What may surprise is that tracks such as the frenetic world-dance "Quixote" are penned by the film composer Magnus Fiennes, brother of the more famous Ralph and Joseph. "Winter" adds Jean Michel Jarre-style synth and voice-over to the ghost of Vivaldi and the infectious beat goes on, and on, and on. Sex sells, and Bond's success seems assured: this is a state-of-the-art product, but with Mike Batt of Wombles fame's bonus remix of "Victory" just don't expect it to be art. --Gary S Dalkin
Par la suite les autres albums seront beaucoup plus médiocre!! Si vous aimez "Bond", arrêtez-vous aux deux premiers albums!!
Dennoch, hat sich der Kauf dieser Cd gelohnt. Geheimtip: Lied Nr 2 " Winter " ist für mich der absolute Hammer. Viel Spaß beim Hören.
I find myself disappointed with the majority of tracks on this CD, they all leave me back in the disco age with that same monotonous beat. The beginning held great promise for their version of 1812, but then the disco beat boomed out and left me uninspired until their ending, which wasn't bad but not great.
Did enjoy both cuts of "Victory" as well as "Horobushko" "Duel" "Bella Donna"
They certainly are attractive young accomplished musicians. I'm not really into this throbbing, pulsating sound though. Little is ok, but can't listen to this for very long.
The tracks are produced, and many are written by Magnus Fiennes. It seems clear that he and/or someone else decided: "hey if we can find 4 very cute very young women who can play string instruments decently, and put a techno pop beat behind it, there will probably be a market!"
Most probably, they then put ads in the publications associated with various music schools, auditioned many musicians, and took the 4 most physically attractive who were also decent players.
The result is totally predictable. It doesn't bear any resemblance whatsoever to actual classical music, which usually involves interesting harmonic structurers, nuance, feeling, etc. For the most part, it can be summarized as being simply dance music that happens to have the instruments of a string quartet playing the lead parts.
Many people who like dance music will like this, as evidenced by most of the other reviews. It's probably very good dance music -- I'm not an expert in that and therefore can't really judge. I'm basing my low rating on the assumption that somebody reading my review all the way through is probably more interested in it as a potentially interesting classical-pop hybrid than as dance music. In that light, it does not fare well, IMO.
I'm sure that the people responsible for it will make money off it -- it's a sharp marketing ploy. But, to my tastes, it's little more than that.
I should note that this review does not mean to imply anything whatsoever about the four players themselves. They may be excellent classical musicians -- it's just that there's no way to discern that from the manufactured product that is this CD.
As I listened to them, I ended up liking all of it, though my fave track is "Kismet". Following that was "Victory". The rest of the CD sounded like something I have heard before--from other sources.
If you've ever in your life wanted to listen to classical music, I suggest that you start off with "Born" by Bond.