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The String Quartet Tribute to New Order & Joy Division

Vitamin String Quartet

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Album Review

The String Quartet Tribute to Jane's Addiction is an entertaining run through 11 Jane's songs, re-imagined as instrumental chamber music. Perry Farrell et al. always had a theatrical streak, and that angle is even more pronounced here, where Dave Navarro's heavy metal squeals cannot enter and Farrell's psychedelic visions wind their way through arrangements of cello, viola, violin, and bass. While "Mountain Song" seems perfunctory, it's with "Been Caught Stealing" that the tribute really hits its stride. With plucking viola and bass replicating the song's shuffling groove, violins trade off on the verses. The effect makes you smile and move your feet all at once — it's fun to picture a tap-dancing Farrell in suspenders and a high-collar tipping his straw hat to the camera.

Customer Reviews

No Justice Here

I love strings and I'm crazy about Joy Division and New Order's musical legacy, but these songs are incredibly mediocre.


I was really hoping for another great version of "Bizzare Love Triangle". Instead, I suggest Litmus' version-I think it's the same one from the beginning of "The Wedding Singer" where he's waiting for Linda at their wedding.

I'd rather hear the originals...

Joy Division is my all time favorite band with New Order closely on its tail. These are pretty cool renditions of some great songs, but like the title of my review says, I'd rather listen to the originals.


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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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