by 2Cellos


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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: 8259

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
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
J. Bettis   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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2Cellos 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
keithlee More than 1 year ago
These two are, of course, extremely talented. I love the spin they've put on some wonderful songs, and I'm a sucker for the cello. BN has it at a good price, especially if you're a member (free shipping). I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the likes of David Garrett, Vanessa Mae, Chris Murphy, etc. Happy listening.
VeronicaK89 More than 1 year ago
This cd is so relaxing and fun. It is an original take on modern music. It becomes easy to recognize the songs they are doing and they are so enjoyable. I'm not someone who usually listens to music without lyrics but these two are just so much fun to listen to. I recommend this for anyone looking for a new cd with a different sound.
PnutSmalls_Tank_Munchka More than 1 year ago
Unique but mainstream worthy. Love this musical duo!
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Dreamshadow_6 More than 1 year ago
WHen one first thinks of cello music, the last thing one would expect to hear is the works of Johnny Cash, Muse, or even Michael Jackson in place of the classical greats of Mozart or Beethoven and the like. What got me to inititally purchase the cd was the reindition of Nirvana's Teen Spirit and now I am so very glad I took that chance. It is amazing the way that these musicians have taken modern music and placed they own interpretive spin upon it while keeping true to the original artists one. Especially with Cash's Hurt, beautifully done and definately one of my favorites. I'd highly recommend it to anyone and everyone as it has the potential to bring together both young and old alike to bond over this wonderful blend of music.
kevincorcoranjr More than 1 year ago
As a long time musician myself, I can honestly say that these young cellists are some of the most talented I have ever seen. Their knowledge and love of popular culture shines through their classical training... and they have created a refreshingly breath-taking new sound with historic influence. I'm a big fan of classical pieces... to be able to pop this cd in my car just after listening to the likes of bach or brahms and have it flow seamlessly is a great feeling. I can't wait to hear much more from these two artists in the future.
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