The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

IN­COR­PO­RAT­ING sym­phony orches­tras into con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and vice versa is a tricky un­der­tak­ing at the best of times. Here the cul­tur­ally chal­leng­ing com­bi­na­tion of the Hill­top Hoods and Ade­laide Sym­phony Orches­tra is sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful in this funky re­make of the Hoods’ plat­inum­selling album. Ar­ranger Jamie Mes­sen­ger’s imag­i­na­tive ideas don’t threaten the in­tegrity of ei­ther party, and the trio’s splut­ter­ing, jab­bing street rhymes are still the main fo­cus. Tightly meshed with the orches­tra, the dark rolling com­men­taries and parched hu­mour per­sist even within a heady brew of speech, scratches, sam­ples and classical ensem­ble. Rich in de­tail, sleek stretchy strings are a con­trast­ing foil for the bouncy ver­bal bat­tery of What a Great Night ; and the in­con­gruities of dif­fer­ence bol­ster ironies in the catchy strings of Re­cap­tur­ing the Vibe and breezy in­tro of The Hard Road. Jazzy sweeps from the brass add a cin­e­matic vibe in Con­ver­sa­tions From a Speakeasy , and the set­tings are colour­ful, well- pro­duced and en­joy­ably bizarre. The Hard Road Re­strung Hill­top Hoods Obese Records

Gil­lian Wills

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