Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays U2
Genres: Pop, Classical
You know the game where for hoots and hollers you sing rock songs in your most formal operatic voice? Well, U2 as interpreted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is more than a bit like that. And if you can get past your n... more »
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You know the game where for hoots and hollers you sing rock songs in your most formal operatic voice? Well, U2 as interpreted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is more than a bit like that. And if you can get past your no-way-Jose, better-than-the-real-thing snorts and guffaws, hats off to you. There are small rewards for doing so: "One" swings with a jazzy groove; the classical guitar that opens "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" is delicate and lovely; and the brass is stunning on "Angel of Harlem." But better to have strayed further from the originals (even the finest of the batch, the rework of "All I Want Is You"), the collection is so mild that it rouses little more than idle appreciation and irreverent giggles. --Paige La Grone
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Disappointing only when compared to the original
Dan Diamond | Philadelphia, PA United States | 09/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, it's not going to substitute for picking up U2's greatest hits album, but the Royal Philharmonic does a pretty nice job. This isn't elevator music by any stretch; the orchestra's sound is well-defined, with mainly strings and horns meshing with various background instruments.I'm a pretty big fan of the group and would rather put on one of their CDs over this one. "RFO plays U2" doesn't take a whole lot of chances and copies more than creates. But the album serves its purpose. It's soothingly mellow and lets one listen to U2's tunes without being distracted by lyrics--perfect ambient sound."
Electric Guitar in the Middle of a Symphony!!
Christopher | Wolcott, CT, USA | 10/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! I have to admit that I'm very impressed...
The cover says that the Symphony goes beyond U2 in writing their own music - I'd say that's almost a theft and heresy...
but the Orchestra does a fantastic job of bringing out the small aspects in U2's music... and not in a bad way -more like changing Row, row, row your boat from a kids song to something worthy of theatrical artistry. It sounds like a soundtrack really - except that the electric guitar is the orchestra's surprisingly unique touch.... In Pride (in the name of Love) its strong, and EXTREMELY energizing. The trumpets in Even Better Than The Real Thing are great. and super violins and electric guitar in Bloody Sunday...
I couldn't sit still in my seat to the first five songs... the rest were a great listen also, though it tapers at the end (besides.... my legs were tired from dancing!). If you like Soundtracks, this is a great look into. Classical.. well.. not sure, but its definitly a great beat for the car or random entertainment. :)"