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Bloom (Remix Album)

3 Sept. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sept. 2005
  • Release Date: 3 Sept. 2005
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 58:55
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  • ASIN: B001I8CMRW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,889 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gould on 1 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Bloom" is the long overdue, much belated follow up to the first Sarah McLachlan album "Remixed", which was released in 2001. Whereas "Remixed" was, for the most part a collection of four to the floor, euphoric and hugely uplifting club remixes, interspersed with the odd ambient endeavour, "Bloom" an altogether more eclectic affair.
The album opens with the pounding Junkie XL remix of the second single to have been lifted from Sarah's "Afterglow" opus, "World on fire". Although perhaps not altogether suited to Sarah's vocals, Junkie XL delivers a sterling trance-infused remix which is included here in full length form.
The second track on the disc is the Dusted (aka Rollo and Mark Bates) remix of "Ice". Dusted did an awesome job when commissioned to rework Sarah's tear jerking single "Angel", and in the wake of that peerless remix their variation of "Ice" can only disappoint. This is arguably the weakest track on the album
Track 3 is the awesome Tom Middleton remix of the classic "Vox". Middleton's remix is an utterly inspired, genre-straddling affair the like of which i've not heard in a very long time. McLachlan's vocals melt into his exquisite production, rendering this track one of the highlights of this CD
Track four is "Dirty little secret", as lifted from "Afterglow", which has been remoulded in an ambient, even balearic fashion by the Thierry Corporation. Sarah's mournful vocals are entirely suited to their minimalistic remake, rendering this one of the highlights of "Bloom"
The Hyper remix of the 2004 single "Stupid" is up next, and is a very dark and devastating remake indeed. Sarah's vocals sound a tad malevolent even when pitched againgst the breaks-infused soundscape.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By No Music No Life on 7 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It is a great album when played on a normal CD player. But beware when you try to upload the songs to your ipod or mp3 player. Up pops a window requesting your permission to install Sony protection software and then apparently you can load it to your digital player. I did this once with a CD by Cyndi Lauper and Sony got into the root system of my computer and ended up corrupting ALL the files on my mp3 player! I think it is terrible that Sony is doing this to the albums of great artists like Sarah. Sony Japan refuses to do this. It is the non-Japanese Sony affiliates. SHAME ON SONY!!! My rating for this album would be highest, but I have had to spread a word of warning and so gave the lower rating. I wonder if Sarah is aware what Sony is doing to her fans like me who want to support her work by actually buying the CD but being punished for it. It just does not make any sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natty on 15 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Having finally received this CD yesterday it has not been out of my CD player since!
I have been a long-time fan of Sarah's Music since 96 so to say I love her music is an understatement. This album takes her classic and most recent songs to a new level. I love the alternatives to favourite songs such as Ice and Answer. Excellent, just excellent! There are hours of listening pleasure here without a hint of becoming tiresome or repetitive...
It's a nice complement to the first remix album, but I would say this release is even better if that was possible! And also a little different... it's not totally dance-dance tracks, but an excellent array of electronic sounds and fantastic variations on the tunes we all know without losing any of their originality, in fact they add to the richness and depth and bring something new to their interpretation...
My personal favourite at the moment is "Just Like Me" - I am loving it and singing along full voice! I have finally mastered all the words to it... it's been played often enough!
I look forward to many more releases along these lines - and it would be nice to see a new album soon too!
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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful
Review (and a WARNING about this CD) 10 Oct. 2005
By Matt Dralle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been enjoying this album. Just Like Me feat. Will-i-am of the Black Eyed Peas is a total loser and completely doesn't belong on this CD (I wish Sarah had just done the Cat's in the Cradle song that is mixed in with this track.) All of the other tracks are interesting remixes and a refreshing change of pace.

BEWARE OF THIS CD - Sony and BMG have seen fit to include a BS copy protection program on the CD. When you install it into your PC, it will prompt you with a tiny warning and "licence" agreement. If you're like me, you won't read it and just click "yes". Unfortunately, this will then irreversibly install some crap on your hard drive that CANNOT be removed. Its suppose to "download license keys" and "allow you to play and copy the CD". Once the installer has run, there is no way to uninstall all the crap, however. The company, [...] that provides the copy protection software is completely useless in email dialogs about the software. For example, when I wrote them asking how to uninstall the software from my system, their response was, not instructions on how to actually remove it, but rather "our software is a small unobtrusive utility that will not harm your computer in anyway..." Huh? That's not what I asked...

Furthermore, this "copy protection" will not allow you to Rip your own MP3 versions of the tracks - you can Rip them, but they will be corrupted and not sound correct. Using Linux and a few additional other steps, there are ways to Rip your own MP3 version, but this is beyond most typical users.

In a twist of extreme irony, you can go to the Sarah McLachlan official web site and download the complete album in MP3 format for $10!!

Frankly, not buying this album is the best way to protest this kind of Draconian, "guilty until proven innocent" bull crap that the record companys are starting to pull. Just say NO.

In more irony, its actually easier to download a complete pirated version of this album off the Internet, than it is to try to Rip a legit MP3 version of your own off the CD you purchased. Go figure.

Update 1: If you beg and pled with sunncomm.com, they will eventually email you a link to an ActiveX program that will uninstall all of the software installed as a part of this CD installation.

Update 2: You can actually Rip an MP3 from this CD using Windows, but it will result only in a relatively low quality tracks. Here are the steps: 1) Use the sunncomm.com program and "rip" a copy of the cd to your HARD DRIVE (tracks will be in a low quality 128bps WMV format unfortunately). 2) Use Windows Media player to burn a "standard CD" using the tracks from Step 1. Step 3) Use your favorite MP3 Ripping tool to Rip MP3s from the CD created in Step 2. The problem with this whole process is, however, that the quality of the final MP3's is pretty poor. The version I Ripped using Linux directly from the actual CD is of much better quality. Not sure what the quality of the complete album in MP3 directly off of Sarah's web site is. Hopefully, better than what you can get using the sunncomm.com round about method...

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Good music, bad marketing 16 Oct. 2005
By B. Waterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While the actual music on the album is quite good, the fact that Arista/Sony/BMG tried to lock down the music behind copy protection means that it's likely going to be quite a hassle to listen to. In order to listen to this CD on your computer you must

1) Agree to a EULA that's 8,000 words long and forfeits every legal right you have, including trial by jury.

2) Install software that tracks your listening habits and can not be removed (Sony won't tell you on their web pages) and may or may not be spyware.

3) Give up your right to make a back up copy of the actual CD

4) Forfeit your right to listen to the music using a computer application of your choice. You are forced to use some 2nd rate player.

Or if you don't agree to these terms and want to listen to the CD on your own terms you have to either turn off auto-run on your computer when you insert the CD or on most Windows systems, hold down the shift key. After that, I was able to listen to the album from Winamp, and make MP3 copies without the agreeing to the EULA.

All in all, the hassle of getting around the restrictions that the record company tried to impose made me regret buying the CD. I certainly won't be buying any more music from Arista/Sony/BMG. Which is really ironic, since their attempt to copy-protect the CD ensured that they will make 0 future sales. I feel sorry for the artist that is caught in the middle, as I'm quite sure that Sarah McLachlan didn't have any choice in the matter and now it's her future sales that have been reduced.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Very BAD copy-protection 10 Nov. 2005
By WizKid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD installs a rootkit which is be very bad for your computer. Read more about it here: [...]
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
good music, bad copyright 9 Oct. 2005
By Jeremy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you appreciate techno-remixes of Sarah's songs, you'll like this album. There are some fast songs and slow songs, and overall it's a solid collection of music that fans of her 2001 remix CD will enjoy.

That said, the copyright restrictions on this CD are ridiculously bad: software is installed on your computer just so that you can listen to the CD, and ripping the CD to anything buts Windows Media Player format is difficult (but possible). I agree with another reviewer who said that these restrictions both penalize those that buy the CD and encourage others to steal music rather than buy it. I doubt that I'll buy another Sony CD with similar "copyright protections."
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
How To Make The CD Work 7 Oct. 2005
By Stephen Adkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you want to make copies for backup, car, diskman or MP3 Player TURN OFF YOUR AUTORUN FEATURE on your CD ROM!!!

Everytime you insert it in your PC it autoloads, makes you verify a CD Key then forces you to listen through a modified Windows Media Player. You can copy songs to your hardrive, but you can't burn them and you can't rip them as MP3's. They stutter.

So, make sure that your Autorun is turned off, if you don't know how then go to your CD-ROM properties in WIN XP and tell it to "TAKE NO ACTION" On all media types of disk.

Now, insert disk. If you already did this with autrun and installed the CD Key you are forever out of luck unless you use System Restore to go-back before you did it. So do it. Now, you can burn copies for your own, legal, personal use and not to distribute or sell to others. Remember, burning is legal, distributing or boot-legging is a crime. I don't condone it and am not suggesting it here.
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