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Give it a few listens....
on 8 September 2005
Give this remix a few listens and you will be hooked. I bought it purely on the strength of the original. I have to admit that I am a fan of good remixes and in this case they don't go on for an eternity, which is often a fault with remixes. Another plus point is that they aren't all in-your-face: there are a couple of quite chilled-out tracks (So Here We Are and Plans) that emphasise the sometimes unfairly-maligned vocals of Kele.
Satisfyingly, they do highlight a lot of the good points of Bloc Party's excellent emotive music. I am sure that when I play the original there will be a lot of things I hear that I didn't hear the first (of 50th) time. The version of Helicopter emphasises Matt's skills on the drums superbly, and the line "He's born a liar, he'll die a liar" (referring to George W Bush) is brought to the fore well.
The tracks themselves go from the average (track one: Like Eating Glass) to the sublime (Positive Tension and Blue Light) and I found all to be at the very least interesting, and at best an important addition to one of the year's best band's catalogue.
Luke, whose review for the album is above, seems to have missed the point of a remix - it is to give a different accent, feel or taste to the original: if you just want the original then buy the original!! Overall I'd give the album 4 out of 5 and would urge fans of Bloc Party to give it a go.