Bond - Shine

2002 | Decca 

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All Music Guide Review

A sort of cross between Sex and the City and the Kronos Quartet as they might be remixed by Paul Oakenfold (actually Orion and the Beatmasters do most of the producing), Bond is a string quartet of toothsome beauties at least as concerned with their hair and makeup as their playing whose work on Shine is heavily augmented with dance beats. It's a formula that sits them atop the classical crossover charts, up there with Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban, and why not? As with their peers, the music is only ersatz classical, containing classical tunes here and there mixed in with classical-sounding new compositions. And the elaborate dance programming makes the music highly, well, programmable. Leadoff track "Allegretto" was quickly tapped for an upscale television commercial, a mark of success in this market previously achieved by the likes of Moby. Here and there among the oddly familiar melodies are actually identifiable ones. "Strange Paradise" is a much modified version of the same theme from Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" in his opera Prince Igor that became the show tune and pop hit "Stranger in Paradise" from the musical Kismet; "Kashmir" is the Led Zeppelin song; "Libertango" comes from Astor Piazzolla; the bonus track, "Bond on Bond," is, inevitably, Monty Norman's James Bond movie theme; and "Space" sounds like the theme from every movie ever set in a Middle Eastern desert (although here it sounds like it comes from a Middle Eastern disco). The CD booklet, full of fashion-style photography, outdoes anything from Britney Spears, and, of course, there's nary a musical instrument in sight. The music may be the least of it, but as marketing, Bond is hard to fault. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Shine Track Listing

  • #
  • Title
  • time
  • 1
  • Allegretto
  • 3:53
  • Sound Clip for Allegretto from Shine

  • 2
  • Shine
  • 3:57
  • Sound Clip for Shine from Shine

  • 3
  • Fuego
  • 2:59
  • Sound Clip for Fuego from Shine

  • 5
  • Speed
  • 3:40
  • Sound Clip for Speed from Shine

  • 7
  • Kashmir
  • 5:08
  • Sound Clip for Kashmir from Shine

  • 9
  • Libertango
  • 3:42
  • Sound Clip for Libertango from Shine

  • 10
  • Sahara
  • 5:21
  • Sound Clip for Sahara from Shine

  • 11
  • Ride
  • 4:09
  • Sound Clip for Ride from Shine

  • 12
  • Space [*]
  • 4:55
  • Sound Clip for Space [*] from Shine

  • Credits of Shine

    • Bond
    • Arranger, String Arrangements
    • Wil Malone
    • Arranger, Conductor, String Arrangements
    • Craig Pruess
    • Arranger, Director, Mandola, Tamboura, Sitar, Conductor, String Arrangements, Direction
    • Ian Wherry
    • Arranger, Programming, Mixing, Producer
    • Stuart Crichton
    • Bass, Programming, Producer, Keyboards, Arranger, Engineer, Mixing
    • Rony Barrak
    • Percussion, ?, Clay Pot, Darbouka, Bongos, Doholla, Mazhar
    • Magnus Fiennes
    • Arranger, Programming, Mixing, String Arrangements, Producer

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