London Punkharmonic Orchestra

Symphony of Destruction (Punk Goes Classical)

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Take a batch of punk rock classics from the late 1970s and early '80s, have a classical orchestra make new arrangements for the songs and what do you get? Actually, a concept that works marvelously, as the London Philharmonic negotiates their way through the angst and comes up with a batch of unlikely tunes holding a whole lot more melody and music in them than one would originally believe. Takes on the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love," the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant," the Ramones' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," the Clash's "White Riot" and the Jam's "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" bristle with a depth one wouldn't think possible, making for a classical approach that's visceral as well. A quirky idea for an album to be sure, but again, one that works on every level, a sort of gabba-gabba-hey with strings and oboes.

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