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on 18 April 2007
Ok, so Silent Alarm was brilliant, but to be fair it was also hyped. It was a few songs too long, and too samey to be a truly classic album. I don't think this is cash in, i think it had good intentions, but completly misses the mark.

To be nice, we'll start on the good songs. 'Like Eating Glass' remixed by Ladytron is murky, and dark, a nice take on the opening song, and in line with their own later work from their Witching Hour album. DFA1979 do a cover of 'Luno' which is of course great listening, and would have been perhaps a better idea for this album, a cover album, rather than a lazy remix compilation. M83's epic reconstruction of 'The Pioneers' is fantastic, and what the album needs more of, a reinterpretation, rather than a pointless remix, which is unfortunatley what the rest of the album consists of.

If a remix is never going to be better than the original, then it should at least offer us a new perspective, a change of tempo or feel, a real reason to be there. The remaining songs on this album don't do that. The howl at the beginning of 'Helicopter' is frankly embarrassing and the following remix just sounds like a demo, 'She's Hearing Voices' looses its fantastic urgency and becomes overlong, and Four Tet's remix is aimless and dull. The Engineers remix of 'Blue Light' and the remix of 'Compliments' aren't especially bad, but the originals were atmoshperic and haunting anyway, so if you're not going to change what's going, its just wasted time. And unless you can get it cheap, this album is wasted money.
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