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Album Review

Explosive gathers 12 highlights from Bond's three studio albums. It also includes the previously unreleased "Carmina," "Caravan," and "Sugar Plum." It's kind of a strange time for the U.K. quartet to put out a collection like this. For one thing, discounting the new material, it's relatively brief. On the other hand, Explosive might be a way for Bond to further establish their slick amalgam of classical instrumentation, worldbeat, and dance music flourish. In that sense Explosive is a primer, a guidebook, a showcase; for Bond's established fans, it's a succinct album survey with the incentive of bonus content. Released in DualDisc format, the set includes music videos for the title track, "Victory," and "Fuego," as well as a photo gallery and the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound. As usual, in the artwork and photography Bond have refused to be staid or classical. Explosive features Haylie Ecker, Eos Chater, Tania Davis, and Gay-Yee Westerhoff dressed to the hilt and surrounded by vibrant flora. As they've always done, particularly with 2003's Classified, the quartet stands boldly behind its style, no matter the naysayers. Of course, the usual criticisms do apply. Pieces like "Duel," "Viva!," and "Caravan" move well. But their gleaming intersection of flighty chamber instruments and relentlessly jaunty electronics tries so hard to be irrepressible that it can have the opposite effect. When that happens, Bond's music ends up at the border between the ultramodern and sounds for the background. (Much of Explosive would be perfect scene-setting music for the arrival of Lara Croft or a certain gentleman spy in some far-flung urban locale.) But Bond fans don't struggle with these questions of validity, and for them (or the casual, curious listener) Explosive is a worthy pickup.

Customer Reviews

Gladly Mistaken

When I first saw the CD cover in my local music store, I thought, "This is just another poser-group of singing girls. No use in buying it." However, even when I went home, the cover still remained fixed in my head. My wonder reached its peak, and I traveled to my computer, willing to settle my curiosity. Alas, my iTunes Store never fails me. I listened to the thirty second previews, and I was stunned. I was simply amazed. My conscience was sailed into a sea of emotional strings and brilliance. What could I do? I was utterly consumed by the vivacious flow of the music. Now, I dance livelier in the presence of my mirror and even my friends. Who said emotions can't be controlled? Bond has a magical touch translated into beautiful sounds by the most graceful intruments of our time.

Explosive - The Perfect Title

This CD is sooo amazing. Bond definitely succeeded in creating an incredible CD. Some of the songs on this CD are so awesome. Victory, Explosive, Fuego, Viva, and Duel are awesome songs that make you want to get up and dance. Overall this CD is amazing and I would recomend it to anyone.


My modern dance teacher uses this CD and it is SO much fun to dance to! I love this music because it is Beautiful and Electrifying!! Two thumbs up!


Formed: 2000 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Polarizing critics since their 2000 inception, Bond have continued to perfect their fusion of pop, worldbeat, and classical instrumentation. Eos Chater (violin), Haylie Ecker (violin), Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello), and Tania Davis (viola) were well-educated musically, having played their specific instruments since early childhood and accompanied acts like the Divine Comedy, Primal Scream, Embrace, and Mark Knopfler. But the quartet couldn't find a happy medium. They raised the classical world's ire...
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