With its endless series of string quartet tributes to virtually every band and artist under the sun, Vitamin Records seems to feel that all of modern and contemporary pop can be remade in its chamber ensemble mirror image, and well it may, but the real question has to be, simply, why? This one takes on the gloomy, self-depreciating riff rock of Crossfade, and with their crunchy guitars morphed into cellos and violas, and stripped of their lyrical misery, songs like "Starless" and "Cold" do reveal a kind of aching beauty at their core, but then so do most things in life. Fanatical Crossfade fans may want this for the sake of completeness, but if you're going to have just one string quartet album in your collection, please make sure it isn't this one.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett