Personnel: Paul Tobias , Tom Tally (violin, viola); Graham Lessert, Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen (violin); Leah Katz (viola); Andre Janovich, Richard Dodd, Todd Rubenstein, John Krovoza (cello).
Recording information: Quietstreet; Tally Ho Studios.
Arrangers: Eric Gorfain; Todd Rubenstein; Tom Tally.
The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay applies violin, viola, cello, and bass to instrumental versions of the band's most memorable moments. While standouts include "Shiver" and "In My Place," "Yellow" might be best. While the original song's gorgeous, gradually unfolding melody is present and accounted for, the performers here have added a new, even more plaintive layer to the verses, giving their rendition a stately air. It's like the theme music to that scene in every Ivy League college drama, when the camera swoops over the quad and through the autumnal leaves to find its hero rushing to class in a scarf and corduroy jacket. ~ Johnny Loftus