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Philip Glass

Rework

Label: Orange Mountain Music

Format: CDx2

Genre: Experimental

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One of America’s greatest ever composers gets the remix treatment. What is it with remix albums this week - are they back? Anyway it’s always an odd thing the remix album, basically it’s just an excuse for the great and good to strut their stuff and do something decent on a high profile record.
It’s a mixed bag of collaborators from Tyondai Braxton to Cornelius to Beck (who gets an entire side to himself) to Johann Jonannsson to Peter Broderick (still no doubt weeping from our review of his recent album - sorry Pete, no harm done, no-one listens to us anyway). A lot of the stuff is barely related to the original work, Nojas Thing do a nice electronic...umm...thing, Dan Deacon uses a lot more of the repetition of the originals in his piece, adding vocals over the bagpipe like staccato noises, Memory Tapes is very sweet electro-pop.
Beck does a sprawling proggy piece that veers through a number of styles including bits of his voice here and there, ending beautifully with lots of nice soft synth pads - you do half expect Iron Butterfly to come charging in at some point or other but it has some really great moments  - it’s like a whole record in itself. An oddball release for sure, but reasonably nicely done with enough high profile names on board.
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Cat. number: omm0082
Year: 2012