My first impression of 2Cellos was, this could either be very interesting or it could be another gimmicky act using covers in a fresh attempt at making classical instruments seem more mainstream.
The duo covers songs by AC/DC, Prodigy, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, and more. The album also features guests like Elton John, Steve Vai, Naya Rivera, Zucchero, and Lang Lang. Needless to say, even though I’m going to say it, the album was a pleasant surprise.
Don’t let the name fool you though, this is not a couple of guys with cellos. Some songs include piano, drums, of course the AC/DC cover featuring Steve Vai on guitar. Still, on tracks like Voodoo People (Prodigy) we see the duo performing the music with just the two cellos and really manipulating their instruments to give songs a full sound that blows the mind. Technical Difficulties is probably my favorite as its so complex, but the entire album just blew my mind.
The only song on the album that didn’t sit quite right was the cover of Every Breath You Take from The Police. Something just sounded off to me, but overall the song works, just not perfectly to me.
In the end is this a gimmick album? No. It takes effort to take cover songs and make them sound so good they could be new. No doubt fans of Apocolyptica and Miri Ben-Ari will enjoy this album. It has passion, a nice twist that makes it refreshing and enjoyable, and the song listing is familiar enough with a few scattered gems to enjoy. Highly enjoyable. Check it out.