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Tron Legacy R3conf1gur3d Album Review

“And then one day… I got in.”

Rumors surfaced a month ago that Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack was going to be remixed by artists such as Moby, The Crystal Method and M83. Fans of the music genre “House” complained that the wrong producers and DJs were picked for this remix album, or claimed that a remix album wasn’t needed at all.

Such as ice cream and Twitter isn’t needed, it’s still fun, right?

I was excited about this album, and hearing leaks of the album just confirmed my predictions. I disagree with the negative reviews of this album. Critics are saying this album is Disney’s feeble attempt at making a House/Dub step album. Although I disagree with the critics, I don’t think every single song on this album is audio gold. The album starts off strong and about mid-way through starts to disintegrate. In the following paragraphs, I will explain my reasoning.

The album starts off strong with The Glitch Mob remixing the most popular song on the Tron Legacy soundtrack, “Derezzed“. This is a remix in the true sense of the word. The Glitch Mob took the same synths from the original version of the song and repeats certain segments, and adding a different melody. It’s similar enough that you know it’s a remix of “Derezzed” but different enough to make it very interesting. One of the hardest hitting songs on the entire album. This song is amazing loud. I saw a Youtube clip of this song being performed live and it sounds brilliant live.

The next song, “Fall” remixed by M83 and Big Black Delta, wow. This song has elements of the original, with the first twenty seconds taking the original synth build-up, but this song has a completely different feel and M83 and Big Black Delta made this their own song. I love the vocals. Love it. I’m now caught singing, “na na na na~”. I’m not sure what the actual lyrics, I’m guessing they’re saying, “so long stairway, so long sun”. Please correct me if you do know the lyrics! This song is extremely catchy and pretty much nothing I ever heard before. Hard bass, catchy childlike vocals, this really is a true original song. I cannot compare it to anything I’ve ever heard before.

The Crystal Method comes in next remixing, “The Grid“. Great remix, when I first heard it, I wasn’t too sure about it, but it has definitely grown on me. This song is very close to the original, and I think they did a great job remixing Jeff Bridge’s vocals numerous times throughout the song. The song ends in a great way too, bringing in the original synths and bringing a whole new synth chord structure to make the song even more epic. The last minute of the song is the best part. I’m talking about the synths that come in right at 3:50.

Adagio for Tron” was the surprise remix of the album. Not really thinking this song could be remixed in such a way, the Teddybears has made a beautiful remix. The song starts off with little blips that turn into triplets and then builds into more hard hitting synths. The song even breaks down and comes back like a slap in the face at 4:40 along with disco-like synths. I never knew I would like those disco sounds, but it works. I may be stretching it here, but I can’t help but compare this to Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”. The repeating triplets, the sad, somber feel. This remix is best compared to classical music in its groundwork, with introducing the motif, taking it away and re-imagining the motif. You hear the comparison and let me know if I’m off my rocker.

I love that remix more and more every time I hear it.

Next is Ki:Theory with the remix of my favorite song off of the original soundtrack, “The Son of Flynn“. Another great remix, and what makes the remix so great is the electric guitar that is turned into a repeating synth right at “0:36”. Some amazing instruments on this remix, with synth sounding bells to give the song just a bit of an organic feel. The song breaks down and builds back up. Just another great remix.

Paul Oakenfold remixes “C.L.U” next. I’m not a huge fan of this remix, it took me a while to get used to it. I did like the remix. I’m just not a fan of the melody of synths at 2:20. I was kind of expecting more. It’s a good remix, done very well, I think maybe it’s just that melody at that point I was hoping for more variety than those three notes repeated over and over.

Moby remixes a sexy version of “The Son of Flynn“. He brings in this bass beat at “0:09” that I find very satisfying. Moby brings in a lot of violins that keep building up throughout the song. It’s a little unnerving because the song just continues to grow and doesn’t seem like the chords come back to the cadence, it just keeps going. Although, other than that, the song is very beautiful.

End of Line” by Boyz Noise, another great remix. They took the original sounds, reworked it a little and then made their own anthem, a kind of similar remix style like The Glitch Mob’s remix of “Derezzed“. I’m glad they kept the original synths and melodies from the original soundtrack.

Now this is the part where the album starts to go downhill. It’s not a quick downward spiral, but a slow, downhill trek from where we started. Kaskade remixed, “Rinzler“. I have to emphasize, not a bad remix, but the excitement of the first half of the album gradually declines. This is a more mellow remix, taking the original melody and making it more chill, more like lounge music. Not really the hard hitting house we were introduced with in the beginning of the album.

Encom Part 2” by Com Truise, an interesting sounding remix, kind of hard to sit through. There’s definitely elements from the 80s in this remix and I do like how the song ends with the violins, but this one doesn’t grab my attention that much.

End of Line” by Photek, a good remix, not as good as Boyz Noise’s remix, kind of a more chill remix, lounge version similar to Kaskade’s remix. I think Boys Noise killed their remix, so this isn’t as good in comparison.

Arena” by The Japanese Popstars takes way too long to get started, and even when it does get started, it just seems to be dragging on and on. I feel like this song was meant to be an eight-minute song, because it just seems like it takes forever to get anywhere.

I think “Derezzed” by Avicii is the biggest disappointment on the album. The song sounds nothing like “Derezzed”. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just it’s own song. I think this song has no business being on this album. For the song itself, it’s not even that compelling. Kind of light and airy, but maybe there’s some mathematical reason how this was a remix, but I would think whoever the music supervisor on this album totally dropped the ball on picking this remix.

Solar Sailor” by Pretty Lights comes back for another interesting remix. The original is a beautiful track, and this remix makes it a bit more like dub step. This is a chill song, great to have in the background, and probably deserves to be part of the first half of the album.

TRON Legacy (End Titles)” by Sander Kleinenberg is kind of the oddball on the album. It doesn’t sound like any of the other remixes, more of a poppy, club remix. More happier, there are some good elements of the song, but not enough for me to be completely sold on it. It is a good remix, but not part of my top favorites from this album.

This album has its ups and downs. There are amazing, original remixes that are a must-buy, and some we could really do without. This soundtrack wasn’t needing a remix, as it stood on it’s own as a classic soundtrack, but this remix album was a pleasant surprise, reworking these fabulous melodies. I get these songs stuck in my head and it has been a lot of fun.

My advice? Buy the CD, better sounding quality, and you definitely want to hear The Glitch Mob’sDerezzed” in the best speakers possible. If not, buy the first twelve songs on iTunes.

Best Songs on Album:

The first 12 songs in that order on the album itself. Seriously.

Let me know if you bought the album or any of the songs and what you think of the remixes.

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Changing Musical Tastes

My musical tastes have changed gradually lately. I go in and out from pop music, dance music, some rock, R&B and trance music.

I feel what your emotions are, how you’re feeling, how open you are, is revealed in the music you listen to. Right now I’m listening to alternative rock. Not really a genre I say I’m familiar in. I’ve dabbled in just about every genre, not really becoming a master of all genres, but more like sampling a little bit of everything.

I’ve really dove into pop music most of my life. Madonna, Michael Jackson, some of the top hits on the radio and on iTunes usually makes it’s way into my iPod, and just as fast as fast food is made and consumed, I’m onto finding the next song to get a high from.

For a minute, I thought I was going to go back into a classical phase, listening to “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by J.S. Bach, and then I started to listening to One Republic’s “Secrets” and Muse’s “Undisclosed Desires”, then got inspired by Journey’s “Separate Ways”.

And then, hearing a Diet Coke commercial, I got into The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition”. It was previously in the movie, 500 Days of Summer, but I didn’t really notice it until I heard that Diet Coke commercial. I had to have it and the song really puts me at ease.

And I decided that I didn’t have enough of the The Temper Trap (which is rare, because I usually just jump to the next artist/song that gives me a high) so I went to iTunes to download some more songs and I got “Love Lost” and “Down River” and then I saw Miike Snow.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of people mention Miike Snow, and I didn’t realize that I’ve heard a Tiesto remix of “Silvia” by Miike Snow.

(Song doesn’t really start until 1:04 minutes)

Anyways, I downloaded “Burial” while I was at it. I’ve heard “Animal” probably in other T.V. shows, when I heard the sample I was instantly familiar with the song, not even knowing who the artist was.

That happens a lot. I’ll know a lot of songs, but not know who or what the song is.

Other artists I would go to in this mellow, want to chill out and de-stress mode would be John Mayer, something from the Eclipse soundtrack, like “Let’s Get Lost” by Beck and Bat for Lashes.  Maybe some Frou Frou, Florence + The Machine or maybe even some R&B.

R&B isn’t doing it for me lately though. Bruno Mars is really good. But I dunno, I try not to let musician’s personal lives not taint my listener’s ear, but the whole cocaine charge he was going through kind of turned me off to the reliability of his music. It’s kind of a turn off if you suspect written lyrics are a complete hack. Maybe I’m thinking too deep into it, or not deeply enough, but I’m just turned off and I don’t want to buy “Grenade” or at least not yet.

So, leading back to this alternative rock state. What does this mean that I’m feeling? Wanting an escape, really wanting to de-stress, wanting to chill out amongst all the things going on in my life. There’s a rush to do a lot of things, a lot of important things, but there’s this never ending deadline, and I think this kind of mellow music helps me chill out, enough for the moment and stop time for a minute… or three.

I still listen to my dance music, when I want to dance. And was just dancing to DJ Enferno’s Madonna mix that’s available on his twitter @djenferno. A good “Like a Prayer” remix.

My musical tastes have been changing so much, that it’s hard to keep a track of what’s going on. Kind of like what’s going on in my life. One minute I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s “Innocent” and reliving the experience seeing her live at the VMA’s and contemplating my personal meaning of the song, then I’m dancing to Kaskade’s remix of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. Which is better than the original song in my opinion.

Yes, the music is all over the place in this blog, and it’s noteworthy to find a trend in this mellow alternative rock phase that I’m going through. The music I’m writing on my guitar is like this as well.

And it’s pretty late now… and I should jump into bed where it’s warm.

Good night.

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