ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#13] Tallywood Strings By
The String Quartet Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind
Performing the songs in the same order as in Nevermind, the Tallywood Strings have managed to pay tribute to Nirvana without sounding forced and without rearranging the songs so much that you wouldn’t recognize them. In fact, John Krovoza’s cello work on the rousing bassline will remind you so much of Nirvana’s Unplugged that you’ll feel an instant connection with this album. The string quartet’s touch on “Breed,” “In Bloom,” and “Lithium” highlights the smooth melody that at times was lost behind the guitar riffs and Kurt Cobain’s voice; something that Nirvana themselves tried to recover in Unplugged. In “Territorial Pissings” (my own personal favorite on this album), the Tallywood Strings bare this ultra-Nirvana grunge tune down to its purest essence: the melody, yet preserving the super rapid chord progressions and riffs. This is the perfect meeting point between punk/grunge and classical music. Tom Tally (producer and arranger) has brought out the softer side of Nirvana without making another “fan exclusive” novelty. This album is for everybody and the beauty of it lies in its simplicity and minimalism both in arrangements and performance.