David does it again...,
This review is from: Music (Audio CD)
Much like his previous classical crossover albums Virtuoso, David Garrett, and Rock Symphonies, David has done it again on "Music." This time, we're treated to covers of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River," Queen's "We Will Rock You," Misirlou, and Guns N Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and updates on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," Chopin, Clementi, Bach's Double Harpichord Concerto in C Major, and Kachaturian's "Sabre Dance," among others. You'll also find a nod to James Bond rocking a riff from Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love" and some Latin American and Celtic vibes on Tico Tico and Celtic Rondo.
Most thrilling, David has gotten back to recording high-octane classical covers; the Beethoven Scherzo brings to mind the rollicking score from Pirates of the Caribbean. "Sabre Dance" bursts out of the gate with some serious electric guitar and turns it into a headbanging anthem. "Whole Lotta Bond" is a great update on a classic theme. There are slower, gentler sides of David in Chopin's "Nocturne," Clementi - "Sonata" and "Ode to Joy."
And let me be the first to say that I am NOT a fan of the cardboard packaging; it arrived from Germany slightly dented, and I had a devil of a time getting the discs out. You'll find the bilingual liner notes and three gorgeous photo "postcards" tucked into the middle. The Deluxe Edition features a Region 0 DVD with five videos ("Viva La Vida," The Making of Viva La Vida, "Tico Tico" (live from Hannover), "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" (live from Hannover) and "Funiculi Funicula" (live from Hanover). And it's great to finally see David literally letting his hair down in the liner notes (if there isn't a "David Garrett's hair" fanclub, I volunteer to start one!).
Overall, Music is closest in composition to Virtuoso, which still ranks as my #1 David album of all time for its balance of uptempo, classical, and original compositions. This is a must-have for new and old fans alike; be sure to spring for the Deluxe Edition if you can find it! And DEFINITELY spring for the Blu-Ray concert DVD of Music: It is PAL Region 0 and plays just fine on my Sony Blu-Ray DVD player. There are 28 tracks, including pretty much ALL the songs (and bonus tracks) from Music. There are even English subtitles for all of David's German intros!