Career retrospectives have a way of getting under your skin if not properly executed, or if the material they are comprised of and the era they represent just don't sound so hot anymore. Consider yourself under my skin, Mr. Kruse.
If you like this band and you enjoyed what they did in the past, more likely than not, you already own the majority of what is contained on "Dead or Alive". Oh but these versions are the 2006 versions, you counter! And they have not been updated nearly enough. I really love their early work, I do, but these re-done versions are not what I had in mind. It's dancefloor filler for the most part and for some damned reason, once again, their cover of Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" has been included.
As for the rest of this album, a bunch of live songs and half-hearted remixes just don't do it for me. The only person who can correctly perform "Moving Hands" is Dirk Ivens, in case anyone was wondering. I said this years ago and I'm saying it again.
As for me, I'll continue to find his new work interesting but I've had it with all this "re-packaging" of the past. Move on.
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