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Much better than you expect...,
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This review is from: Pod [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
If you're put off by the idea of an album composed entirely of remixes of tracks that, in their own right, are more than good enough then think again... because this is really quite different. Conceived as an integrated whole, the Afro Celts take some of their best tracks and along with their guest producers come up with something that's closer to a superb live album than a series of studio reworkings. Opening with a brilliantly ecstatic version of "Rise Above" its trick is to sequence these harder, more club & afro beat dominated remixes pretty seamlessly into what becomes not only a genuinely exciting & cohesive record, but one that, if you know nothing about the Afro Celts, you'll be pretty knocked out by.
The problem of course is that most people considering buying "POD" will already have many of its tracks and, as a result, comparisons become inevitable. But even on this pretty unfair basis it delivers some "must have" gems including "Further in Time", "When You're Falling", "Persistence of Memory" & "Whirly 3", all of which are arguably better than the originals, an excellent and very different "club" version of "Release" and the previously unavailable "Johnny at Sea". Plus... you get a DVD which includes two breath-takingly good music videos of "Persistence of Memory" & "When You're Falling", an excellent Dolby 5.1 remix of "North", and a compilation of the group's WOMAD USA 2001 concert that really does capture how stunning they were when playing these tracks live.
Good enough then, from either perspective, to justify some of your hard-earned cash and much, much better than you may expect.