What does it sound like?:
The concept: take a bunch of pretty well known Punk tunes and re-arrange them for performance by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and singers from the English National Opera The result: In the main, it all works – Pretty Vacant, No More Heroes and Neat Neat Neat sound like they were made for this sort of re-arrangement, and Love Will Tear Us Apart gains an air of the sea about it – almost like it could be used for a Sunday Night BBC Drama about Shipping Line in the mid-1800s. The atonal saxophone squawk on Oh Bondage Up Yours is “fixed”, and Ca Plane Pour Moi is just not a strong enough tune for this treatment, and stripped of it’s over eager vocal and high pitch Oo-oo-oo-oo (which is here, but just sounds too tuneful), it loses a lot of it’s “Europunk fun” Teenage Kicks also loses some energy and urgency, but remains listenable. And Should I Stay Or Should I Go just about squeezes into the “OK” bracket The thing that lets it down for me is the singing over the orchestral backing (Disk 2 of the Deluxe Edition is the instrumental tracks only, » Continue Reading.