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4 stars An overall beautiful collection of remixed already excellent Steven Wilson music. The remix of Harmony Korine is contrasted with the original as it is given a hip-hop feel by T.V. on the Radio's David A. Silek. I've never been a fan of track by track analysis. but the overall impression of this collection of remixes is a must have for any fan of Steven Wilson. If you have Insurgentes and enjoyed it, then it's safe to say you will thoroughly this collection of remixes. My personal favorite is track 5, the Lukasz Langa remix of Abandoner. This mix gives the song a distant worldly feel that would make the song at home in a dramatic independent film about long lost friends regaining friendship only to quickly lose it again. I've only just received this collection and have already listened to this mix 3 times, and I dare say I like it a tiny bit more than the original. Electronic fuzz ix replaced with a more prominent piano that tugs at your heart and leaves you wanting more. 4 stars. Recommended.
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Posted Friday, July 3, 2009 | Review Permalink
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1 stars The remixed versions of Steven Wilson's first "proper" solo album are, at the time of this writing, online as free streaming tracks; that's good, because there was no way in the world I was going to shell out so much as a dime for this. Why the original album is highly regarded is, to be honest, beyond me, but I realize people esteem things for different reasons. I also balk at the sheer number of editions: Limited deluxe edition, retail editions (digipak and super jewel case versions), Japanese edition, limited vinyl edition, the single "Harmony Korine," a film, and then this compilation of remixes. Such extravagance is an exercise in marketing overkill, akin to how if something exists, there is a Monopoly board game for it. Rather than a dozen different versions full of the same generally boring and noisy stuff, there should have been a single version consisting of remarkable music. To make matters even more laughable, "Abandoner" is featured twice! The exception here is Pat Mastelotto's remix of "Salvaging," which took a dull work and made it a fair bit better. As this is merely the remix of five tracks from an album I have already reviewed, I will forgo a track by track description. Just take what I've already said in my initial review and add the phrases "electronic beats," "more noises," "additional effects," and "still stinks."
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Posted Thursday, October 15, 2009 | Review Permalink

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