REMIX ALBUM MEMENTO MATERIA, SPR RELEASE:
AUGUST 26, 2002 (SCANDINAVIA) REVIEW: AUGUST 26, 2002
German melancholy masters De/Vision have always intrigued me. I have greedily
put my hands on and loved every single output, except for Mr Editor-in-chief's
grungy favourite "Void". Steffen writes fantastic melodies and
transforms Thomas' heartfelt and sometimes borderline suicidal lyrics
into timeless poetry through a unique emotional voice.
What bugs me about "Remixed", however, is that some of the non-single
tracks included (the track listing is comprised by the fans' favourites
from the years 93-96) have been completely destroyed by the remixer. Especially
"Take Me to the Time", my "Fairyland?" favourite,
has been grinded and battered into a hopeless mischmasch of "modern"
dance music. I can only wish that those who share my disappointment in
this track will give the fantastic original a decent chance.
Still, some versions do not surpass their originals, but do them justice
in some form or another. The darkness of "Endlose Träume"
is replaced with futurepoppish club beats and it works surprisingly well.
As does the innovative sound mold now present in "Free from Cares",
the opening track from the 1995 album "Unversed in Love". Some
of the tracks are neither here nor there, like "Try to Forget"
and "Get over the Wall", they're simply not interesting enough
from a remixing stand point. But seen as a remix album and of course reviewed
as such, "Remixed" gives enough value for your hard earned cash.