Bond are back with their newly released album, Explosive: The Best of Bond (Decca Music (USA) B0004748-82, 2005). Their exciting new DualDisc contains a collection of favorite tracks from their previous hit albums Born, Shine and Classified plus three all new tracks on the CD side. Three fabulous promo videos, an extensive photo gallery and full discography is presented on the DVD. The complete album is mixed in 5.1 surround sound on the DVD as well.
These exceptional and virtuoso women have introduced three previously unreleased tracks on Explosive: "Caravan," "Sugar Plum” and "Carmina." During their last tour (our editors saw them in York, PA in December 2004 - feature). There Bond performed "Sugar Plum," a very playful rendition of this Nutcracker ballet favorite. The CD version is certainly a wonderful reminder of their extensive talent and exceptional ability to bring the music to life in a unique and delightful manner.
"Caravan" whisks the listener away with a Caribbean flair in its captivating beat. The Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol melody has a new edge created by Bond in a most unique manner. "Carmina" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is certainly powerful and fiery as Orff originally intended this magnificent piece to be.
Bond released its debut in the US in 2001 and created a stir with its mix of classical and pop that appeals to a wide audience. The band toured and performed on ABC's Good Morning America. The magnificent quartet released Shine in the fall of 2002 and topped the charts. Remixed was released in 2003, followed by Classified in 2004 (review).
Their music continues to be a unique blend of dance rhythms, international themes and orchestral music that enthralls the listener. Bond’s use of techno beats, sitars, Spanish guitars and full orchestra for its neo-classical sounds continues to bring their music to the forefront.
With their contagious energy, you can't help but dance to their inspiring and sensational musical interpretations.--Audrey Elliot in New York