HAUSER “The Player” Album Review by Graham Finney
Alongside fellow cellist, Luka Šulić, HAUSER is better known the world over as part of the musical sensation 2CELLOS. A man who possesses more talent in his little finger than most of us have in our entire bodies, HAUSER, who learned to play the cello aged 8, has showcased his immense skills in front of everyone from Sir Elton John to then Prince Charles. Now returning with his new album ‘The Player’, the solo album heralds the start of a new chapter in the life of this incredible musician which has seen his work mesmerise millions of fans worldwide.
Inspired by his love of Latin music and culture, the album is a mix of classical tracks and modern pop hits all given that unique HAUSER magical touch. With an accompaniment from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Mercurio, the mix of modern and classical is absolutely effortless as the racy Latino pop of “Livin’ la Vida Loca” shakes its sassy beat alongside an epic rendition of “La Isla Bonita”. Described as a genre-bending artist, the cellist puts his own slick, polished touch to familiar tracks like “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” while “Let’s Get Loud” is as high-energy as the name would have you expect.
It’s not all pumping Latino-inspired sass though as “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” sees HAUSER joined by renowned American violinist Caroline Campbell. The collaboration creates something that can only be described as breathtaking. Tender and emotional, the track is one of the highlights of the album. Although having said that, throughout the duration of ‘The Player’, there are so many high points to pick from whether it be the soothing, sultry “Senorita” and the pulsating “Livin’ la Vida Loca”.
Now, whether ‘The Player’ is the kind of album that will introduce the cello to a new audience is a different matter but when you’re pulling in over 4 billion video views, the Croatian superstar is clearly doing no wrong. Judging by the fact that his talents have seen him share stages with acts from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Andrea Bocelli, and HAUSER himself describes the album as “the result of a dream to take the cello into unchartered waters”, there really is nothing out there to stop this musical genius, armed with his cello, take over the world.
Website: HAUSER Official Website