ALBUM REVIEWS


Love Is All
MIXED UP
PARLOPHONE 21.1.08
@www.vanguard-online.co.uk



So what they’ve done is take their debut album, “Nine Times The Same Song”, and had an assembly of different folks re-work it. It’d be fascinating if you were deeply fond of the original but would annoy the tits off you at the same time.

Me, I’m not a fan of the original, though it’s oblique angles and variety-show approach to composition caught the eye (and ears) of plenty of people. The problem with remixes is it always ends up a hodge podge with too many moods. Every remixer (The Bees, The Maps, Hot Chip, etc) tries to put their own spin on things and outdo the potential competition. End result, a set of different moods that don’t congeal into an album. If you have a trainspotter mentality, it can be fun to compare different mixes and the effect on each track with reference to the work the remixers turn out with their own bands. But that’s for sitting studying sleeve notes and most of the time music is for feeling, breathing, sweating, laughing, eating and moving to, not studying.

Indie remixes are a bit sad, lacking the groove a tune made for dance will have. A band with one indie album would be better to be make some more songs than re-shuffle recent product.

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Ross McGibbon