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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886979101128
catalogNumber: 791011
Rank: 2544

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
Edge   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Duff McKagan   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Trent Reznor   Composer
Axl Rose   Composer
Nicholas Roubanis   Composer
Kirk Yano   Executive Producer,Management
Paul Hewson   Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
David Lai   Management
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny 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
C. Martin   Composer
I. Followill   Composer
Angela Barkan   Publicity
Saul Hudson   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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