Tributee: The Killers .
String Quartet/Vitamin String Quartet: J'Anna Jacoby (viola); John Krovoza.
Personnel: Tom Vos, J'Anna Jacoby (violin); Tom Tally (viola); John Krovoza (cello).
Arranger: Tom Tally.
Modern rock sensations the Killers are feted on this entry into Vitamin's long-running string tribute series. The melodies of "Mr. Brightside," "Smile Like You Mean It," and "Somebody Told Me" prove durable enough to have their production sheen, vocals, and wrangling guitars removed; in the context of violins, viola, and cello, they sound more like weirdly sterile Radiohead castoffs. ~ Johnny Loftus