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  • Summary: The London, England, house duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe release an album reinterpreting their hits by the Metropole Orkest of the Netherlands orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    Switching smoothly between contemporary classical orchestrations, big-band jazz and operatic chorale, the results are frequently breathtaking in their audacity.
  2. Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Cleverly, the arrangements draw attention to what richly layered songs Basement Jaxx have.
  3. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    It's the more familiar works which ensure that Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest is an uplifting, feel-good record which manages to straddle the unlikely worlds of classical and progressive house with ease.
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    A brave experiment then, and more than likely a fabulous live experience too, but ultimately more of a novelty for the curious than an essential purchase.
  5. The treatments range from Schifrin/Morricone atmospherics to full on Prokofiev/Tchaikovsky bombast, with results which are variable, but the scary choral, Omen-style version of "Where's Your Head At" is a hoot.
  6. Jul 15, 2011
    60
    A curio is all it is, though. Jules Buckley's arrangements are inventive, but Basement Jaxx's weaker recent material proves impervious to improvement.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    Incredible rework of classic Basement Jaxx classics. The song selection is excellent, the solo singers are great, and this is overall a fantastic package. There is no other dance group that could do something like this so well. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    8
    fresh and interesting take on many Basement Jaxx classics and new songs, arranged in classical and bigband style with very few electronic and percussion Expand