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Another remix - a remix too far,
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The beginning of this album is reminiscent of Soft Machine in the '70's - pretty interesting. Unfortunately after these first few seconds, the album degenerates into a mixture a bland pop style melodies and irritating repetitive drumming and chanting. Gone is the brilliance of Sound Magic and Release with not a vestige of the rich sounds of the African Veldt or the echoing Breton rhythms mixing to give us that unique Afro Celt sound. By the time I got to track four - the "murdering" of Further in Time, it had to be switched off while I took solace by banging my head in the car door. Continuing to listen the album later, I fell deeper into gloom as I listened to one after another track being thrashed out having all of its sole stripped away.
One can accuse any remix album as being a shadow of the original tracks former selves but I was deeply saddened that such an innovative and rich sound that we have come to enjoy from a band like the Afro Celts should allow this to be offered to an unsuspecting public.
Is there any part of the album I found interesting as I longed for the end to come? Well I suppose Sinead O'Connor's rendition of Release remixed by Bipolar is the best on the album, sounding more than a little like Bjork, which was reasonable. The rest is highly forgettable and I am glad it is. I am afraid Afro Celt fans will have to overdose on the first albums hoping that sanity will prevail and album number six will be better than this. Another CD is placed on the "listen once and never again" pile.
As far as the DVD is concerned - why? I get the feeling it was token to reduce the distributors guilt.