- Audio CD (16 July 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Virgin EMI
- ASIN: B0083G0AZS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Good Morning To The Night
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Remix album by Australian dance duo PNAU, featuring the songs of Elton John. Each of the eight tracks on the album includes micro samples of various songs by the legendary artist, with an electronic twist. Some of the tracks given this dance makeover are 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', 'Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word', 'Benny and the Jets', 'Are You Ready for Love', and many more.
When one of the world’s most successful solo artists decided that he wanted to team up with hip electro younglings on an album, few predicted that those lucky two would be Aussie duo Pnau. It’s a leftfield choice for a legend that could have had his pick of rent-a-Guettas, or chosen to work with Pnau frontman Nick Littlemore’s infinitely more recognisable band, Empire of the Sun.
Still, the story goes that John heard Pnau’s Ed Banger-aping electro assault, Wild Strawberries, while stuck in Sydney traffic in 2007. He thought it was the best thing he’d heard in 10 years, and swiftly signed them to his management company where stardom awaited.
Except that it didn’t. Pnau released their fourth album, Soft Universe, earlier this year to the sound of crushing indifference. But such a superfan is Elton that they’ve been given free rein to shape his expansive back catalogue between 1970 and 1976 into shiny new models.
The results are dazzling. New remixes of golden oldies rarely succeed in balancing the classic’s magic with modern context, but Pnau have produced eight surprisingly original and sublimely brilliant pop nuggets with a Balearic and cosmic disco sheen. They’ve steered away from his biggest hits and instead use up to nine Elton micro-samples in one song, blurring them almost out of recognition.
The title track is already a club hit; a simple and uplifting reimagination of Elton’s Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters which recalls Modjo’s millennium smash, Lady. Black Icy Stare, meanwhile, plays with the funky brass of John’s Caribou album and could be a remix by Scandinavian re-edit prince Todd Terje.
Experimental still, Foreign Fields and Telegraph to the Afterlife stray into psychedelic slow-motion house territory. Only the cinematic Karmatron is out of place, with its Mark Ronson-does-a-Bond-theme shtick.
It’s surely a vanity project for John, an opportunity to flirt with the sound of Ibiza’s youth-soaked terraces before he gears up to release his next solo album. But when daring collaborations are as fruitful as this, we wonder just what eargasms could happen should the likes of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and – whisper it – Prince take a chance on an electro underdog, too.
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Top Customer Reviews
If that feels bittersweet in 2012, several of the tracks here push the melancholy electronica for all it's worth. The single 'Sad', in particular, is stunning - an instant classic. 'Foreign Fields' has the same vibe (and reminds me of a basslined, synthesized 'Drive' by The Cars) with haunting backing vocals and beautiful lyrics. Elsewhere (eg 'Good Morning To The Night', 'Karmatron', 'Phoenix') things get a little more upbeat but with some prog-rock touches.
If I didn't know beforehand that each song is a cut-and-shut of several Elton tracks I would never have guessed it. Pnau have achieved something so worthwhile with this album; far more than a remix project, this really is a work of art.
I cant stand it when there are remixes which are just a total rehash, and nothing 'new' has been added to them. Well, this isn't what you get here. Added value, a different twist, thoughtful mixing and some super smoooooth tunes. Some tracks are faster, with some a slower tempo...not all 'dancey'. None the less, the album has a great feel and a varied mix of tunes to give balance. Stand outs for me are 'Phoenix" (favourite) and 'Sad'......download this now !
A great summer disc to keep on repeat. Sorry I don't use an ipod or MP3's. I like my CD's and my 5 disc changer, thank you very much.
Lets makes things clear here this a Pnau album through and through and should be reviewed as such. Elton John's material is a contributing factor but the duo's inventive approach and execution lifts the music to another level and makes it their album.
A number of reviews comment on the albums brevity. Personally I feel the short track duration adds to the appeal leaving you wanting more, so you play the track again and again.This one of the albums strengths and suits the nature of the songs. Any longer and the tracks appeal diminishes.
As a non EJ fan most of the songs Pnau have chosen are unfamiliar to me so my opinion is not influenced .
High points abound. My personal favourites are Foreign fields( incredibly good), Sad, Good Morning to the night and Phoenix , but the rest is still enjoyable.
I can recall Pete Drummond once reviewing Spirit's debut album back in 1968. He said it left him in a cold sweat because it was so good.
So is this.
But I was more than pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed this album. It's very creative and innovative and at times had me struggling to remember which Elton songs were being sampled.
Hopefully this will introduce a new generation to the wonderful music of Elton John.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I suppose it's ok gave 5stars because it's Elton's music you want to hear .But really nota very inspiring concept.Published 5 months ago by Kevin G.
Surprise surprise, this is actually a GOOD album. The only reason I purchased this was keep the Elton John collection complete. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Smiler