Decca Records - 2004 - 44 minutes

Bond comprises of four classically trained musicians - Haylie Ecker and Eos Chater on violin, Tania Davis (viola) and Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello) - who have redefined classical music with their pop-based melodies.

Their third album, 'Classified', has elements of rock, Latin and Oriental music throughout and each track has an electronic feel. Though they take their inspiration from classical melodies, Bond see themselves as much more pop, using beats, electric instruments, and even looking more like pop stars than typical classical musicians.

'Classified' is lively from the outset, the frenetic strings really making an impact on the first track, 'Explosive'. There are new versions of 'Samba' and 'Highly Strung', a typical violin piece, and gentler harmonies in 'Midnight Garden' and 'Dream Star'. Many of the tracks sound familiar, as though we're listening to a film soundtrack without the lyrics.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies Bond throughout the album, firmly rooting it in the classical domain. 'Classified' should prove a successful crossover album, perhaps appealing to and educating younger generations about the merits of classical music.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Explosive - Scorchio - Midnight Garden - Lullaby - Samba - Hungarian - I'll Fly Away - Dream Star - Highly Strung - Adagio for Strings - Señorita - Explosive (Orion and Ed Leal production)