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Album Review

After the success of The Hard Road, the Hilltop Hoods were invited to play with a string quartet at an awards show. They accepted this unusual challenge and were so impressed with how well it worked, they added a string quartet for their next tour. This lead to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra offering to work with them, and they hit on the idea of creating an orchestral remix album, taking The Hard Road and reworking it to fit a 31-piece classical orchestra. The result could have gone either way, but in the end the mix works better than you might expect. Rather than simply stripping away the beats and dumping classical pomp all over the track, the orchestra demonstrates their ability to groove. For "Conversations from a Speakeasy" the horn section turns jazzy so that it sounds like an actual speakeasy; they also know when not to mess with success and the funky bass of "Clown Prince" remains unaltered. The symphonic backing lends the rapping a gravitas that the lyrics don't always earn, but when they do the effect is impressive. Some changes have been made to the words, including obscuring the swears for the sake of any delicate listeners lured in by the promise of some killer French horn, and new verses have been added to some songs. "Stopping All Stations" has been rewritten so that its murky crime tale has a different and more uplifting ending that, with the swelling violin and flute underneath it, becomes a highlight. A couple of tracks from The Hard Road don't get to be restrung, but nobody is going to miss the embarrassing attempt at a posse cut, "The Blue Blooded." Best of all, the album no longer sounds like a not-quite successful attempt at recapturing the sound of The Calling, but more like an actual step forward for the Hoods.

Customer Reviews

Old but still one of the best sounds in existance

I am not a fan of rap/hip-hop in general, but when i first heard Hilltop and their unique Aussie accents, things just clicked. And then came along Restrung, and this will make a convert out of anyone.

It feels so...right, there is no other way to describe it. The backing of the orchestra and the dazzling sounds they create make the original tracks on the original album look tame. "The Hard Road" picks up much more variety in the backing tracks and "Monsters Ball" permeates with the feeling of a epic journey or battle, it really is incredible.

Put simply, the Orchestral sounds elevates Hilltop's already unique sounds to another level, one in which all, whether they love or hate the genre and the lyrics, can enjoy. This is truely a world class piece of music, and is a must buy for any Aussie who dares to call himself/herself a rap/hip-hop fan


This is one of the maddest albums out restrung is the best thing they cood have done. If they do this for state of the art they would have aced this business

better than the orginal

the restrung album is better than the orginal album nice work hilltop hoods


Formed: 1993 in Adelaide, Australia

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the biggest hip-hop successes from Australia, Hilltop Hoods formed in Adelaide in 1993. MCs Suffa and Pressure met as classmates at Blackwood High School, recruiting DJ Next through a mutual friend. While inspired by American conscious rap icons like Public Enemy and KRS-One, Hilltop Hoods took their name from the Hilltop, the nickname given the suburb where Suffa and Pressure were raised. Their debut EP, Back Once Again, appeared in 1997, and two years later the trio issued their first full-length...
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