I have, over the times I have written on this topic, talked about artists in the classical crossover genre. Bond is the first group I explored in that area and of all the artists I have explored, probably the least "classical" in nature. But the string quartet is perhaps the most well known. This is not your mother's string quartet, although all the instruments are present, but mixed with beat heavy dance grooves, a little world music flavor and wrapped in a physically appealing package, I am glad they aren't my mother's string quartet.
All four women are classically trained musicians who have taken their personal influences and what they like and mixed it well with classical music. Heavily influence by dance and club music, the band has done things from a modified classical song to a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." In their newest studio album, there is a bit more composition by the musicians in a decent album.
What is perhaps most stunning about Classified is that various musical styles that are present. A track like "Explosive" is almost rockish in its delivery, while a few songs later you get a jazzy feel in "Fly Robin Fly" followed again by a mellow, ballad feel of "Lullaby." Several of the songs, like "Adagio for Strings" and "Hungarian" have recognizable classical influences. At times though the backing beats, synthesizers and other instruments over power the quartet themselves. This could be the groups only fault.
However, you can't argue with success, and the group is hugely successful in Australia, Asia, and Europe. The group is catching on here in the U.S. and I hope they have a long career.
Now for my favorite tracks:
"Samba"--like the name implies, a beat heavy piece where the drum track overrides the strings at times. Still a fun track.
"Lullaby"--A quiet peice--soulful and mellow.
"Explosive"--pure power--nothing else to say.