Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Eternal: Variations On Joy Division
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Classical
Variations on Joy Division
satan | earth | 10/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've owned this for about 2-3 years now and have still yet to find anyone else who knows about it. Though I'm not surprised, as I certainly experienced apprehension in purchasing a classical treatment for Joy Division songs. I for one shudder every time I see a String Tribute to `xyz' CD sitting on a shelf. But this is different, it's not Muzak at all. The Nau Ensemble is a Chamber Orchestra and this by all means is not a cover album. It is very simply, Chamber music interpretations based on Joy Division themes. The vocal group Coro di Bellini provides a truly unique addition by arranging Ian's lyrics into a Gregorian chant style. The combination is unexpectedly pleasant.I find this to be an interesting and rewarding experience. It took me a couple listens before I realized I should just enjoy what I'm hearing instead of trying to pick out specific JD phrases. Like the JD songs interpreted here, the music is presented at a slow pace. There's a balance between the instruments and voices that works well, where neither takes from the other. This has been a pleasure to listen to and clearly represents musicians who have respect for Joy Divisions music.The liner notes for The Eternal say, "The album is more of a free fantasy - based on the mood of Joy Division's music. The feeling is one of swimming in a calm beautiful ocean, yet there is the clear realization of a very strong untertow..." I would recommend to a more serious Joy Division fan and also someone who is familiar with or enjoys Chamber music."