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All-female string quartet from Germany.

Not to be confused with the Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse led by Eric Martensson, the Eklipse in question here is an all-female string quartet from Germany. You may recall in the early noughties the group Bond appeared, who had a similar set-up, but performed a mixture of Classical and contemporary pieces to Dance music beats. Mercifully there are no such Dance beats here, as Eklipse perform a selection of Contemporary songs in a more atmospheric and haunting, sometimes Gothic style.

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Normally I would run a mile when confronted with anything by Justin Timberlake or Lady Gaga, but in this guise the material is perfectly listenable. Even the insipid Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ is enjoyable. Standouts for me are versions of Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’, and my all-time favourite Depeche Mode song ‘Home’, and other interesting tracks are Eklipse’s take on Kate Bush’s ‘Cloudbusting’ and probably Snow Patrol’s finest song ‘Run.’ There is also a composition from the ‘Eclipse – New Moon’ soundtrack.

You may wonder if this is the standard sort of Fireworks / Rocktopia fare, and you may be right, and you do have to wonder which market this is aimed at due to the eclectic selections of material, but they have been selected to support the mighty Nightwish on their European tour this year, so it will be interesting to see how well they are received in Rock music circles. It probably works better as a late night relaxing album or background music rather than the sort of thing you would crank up in your car on a summers day, but that’s for you to decide.

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