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2.0 out of 5 stars
The aptly named album, 6 Oct 2002
Generally speaking, I’m a fan of remix albums. “Wishful Thinking” however is the exception to the rule. From the opening bars of "Abuse" the CD promises much and delivers little. The deconstruction of the superb "Dr Mabuse" is the opening track and on hearing the piano bass chords and sampled strings, a feeling of excitement starts to build. You should hold that thought and welcome it because it's downhill all the way from here. Through the stripped down mix of "p:Machinery" ("Machined") and into "Laughed", virtually an extended dub mix of "Sorry For Laughing", it feels as though the boys at ZTT had far too much time on their hands. This album was obviously the result of a couple of hours worth of knob twiddling in order to cash in maximally on Propaganda's cult status at the time with least amount of effort. There is one outstanding track though; "Jewelled" is almost "Bejewelled", the rare promo remix that merges both "Jewel" and "Duel". The result is an energy filled composite, containing the screamed vocals that eventually become the sung vocals over the same raw track of "Jewel". Then it's business as usual with the promising piano intro to "Loved". Not so much "The Murder Of Love" as the mindless killing of a classic Propaganda track. This is followed by yet more bits of "Abuse", which fills the CD out nicely. Finally we end on the cacophony that is "Thought". The only positive thing to say about it is that it uses the baseline and some of the noises from the exceptionally rare single, “Diziplin”. For those of you who have only recently discovered Propaganda and want to hear more, my advice is this: if you want remixes either hunt for the original 12” singles or opt for “Outside World”, the latest ZTT offering. Alternatively, buy this for “Jewelled” alone but don’t expect “A Secret Wish” Part Two. I think the title of this album says it all really.