By ALYSSA HOLCOMB
Kicking off the record with the spirited “Oh, Well” featuring Elton John (yes, Elton John singing Fleetwood Mac, people), the record is alight in both soul and force.
From AC/DC to Rihanna, the Croatian-Slovenian pair of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser are varied in their musical tastes. “Highway to Hell” (featuring Steve Vai) and “We Found Love” continue the album’s seemingly natural flow.
The duo, who first emerged as Internet sensations when their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” hit the web, also tackle Coldplay’s “Clocks,” with Lang Lang arranging a gliding piano overlay. Female powerhouses Sky Ferreira and Glee’s Naya Rivera (who sang on “Smooth Criminal” when the cellists performed it on the show) also contribute to arrangements of “Bang Bang” and Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole,” respectively.
Apart from top 10 smashes, the duo also includes classical covers like “Il Libro Dell’amore” and “Benedictus”. Continually, the original track “Orient Express,” written by Sulic and Hauser along with producer Bob Ezrin (Peter Gabriel, KISS, Pink Floyd), is a notably haunting piece, its rhythms balanced between fluid and plucking movements.
All of the songs are beautiful enough to be played as wedding processionals, but also lively enough to keep listeners on their toes and moving about. This combination shows just how versatile and innovative 2Cellos is – and why they should continue to make sweet, sweet music.