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The String Quartet Tribute to Janet Jackson

Vitamin String Quartet

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Album Review

This release features nine instrumental, chamber music renditions of James Taylor classics. Performed on violin and viola, most of the pieces effectively capture Taylor's wide-eyed insouciance, even without his trademark vocal style. "Mexico," "Sweet Baby James," and "Going to California" are standouts, and the romantic jazz arrangement of "Mean Old Man" (from 2002's October Road) is a particular delight. The String Quartet Tribute to James Taylor is perfect for reading the Sunday papers on a lazy afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Nice concept....

Not a bad concept at all, but some songs work better than others. "Control" as recently re-popularized by SYTYCD, is a great effort... it breathes new life into the original. "Rythmn Nation" should not have been touched because they utterly and completely fail to capture the original funk and flair of the original masterpiece crafted by Jam and Lewis. They pull off an absolutely stunning rendition of "When I Think Of You." I actually like it a tad better than Janet's version. "Let's Wait A While" is a delicate remake that is faithful to the original... I'd like to hear Janet sing over the strings here. "What Have You Done For Me Lately" is kind of tepid. Their version of "Escapade" is terrible, it just mishmashes the original hard synths of the original chorus into a mess. "All For You" is almost unrecognizible...... "Miss You Much" has me missing the original version. "Everytime" is amazingly beautiful...."Pleasure Principle" loses the funkiness of the original song's bassline. The main violin just doesn't capture the phrasing correctly and falls behind the tempo of the song. "That's The Way Love Goes" is barely passable. The album has its gems, but when it falls flat.... it really falls flat. Too inconsistent, you're better off picking and choosing tracks individually rather than getting the whole thing. 3 Stars.

"Control"!

Agreed--Tabitha and Napoleon did a great job with choreographing this song (although, I have to be honest, I like the string version better than the original). And Chelsea and Twitch were amazing (although I think Chelsea and Mark were the best--but that doesn't concern the music). Anyways, the Vitamin String Quartet does it again. Their music is addictive.

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The Vitamin String Quartet is a group of Los Angeles-based studio musicians who have carved out a unique niche for themselves, recording new versions of songs by well-known rock, pop, and country artists, arranged for a small string ensemble. The Vitamin String Quartet have released well over 100 albums (through their own Vitamin Records label), most of which feature the songs of a single artist (and in some cases interpret a single album in full), though the group has also released thematic collections...
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