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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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The Versatile Blogger Award

Sorry I’ve been totally MIA these past few days. I moved into my new place on Sunday, and everything has been kind of hectic the past few days. I wanted to write my next post when I had a time to sit down and relax.

I just got the Tron Legacy Reconfigured album today. Super excited about it, I listened to about half of it and I’ll give a review of it tomorrow. I have been trying to avoid other album reviews so I wouldn’t get influenced, but I had to look at one review that just ripped apart the album. Apparently people who are loyal house fans are upset with who was chosen for the remixes and didn’t like the album. I must come from another world, because what I’ve heard so far has been brilliant and fun. I also liked the movie too, which a lot of people didn’t… but whatever. I know what I like, and so far, this album has been a fun roller coaster ride and I will be explaining it all tomorrow after I’ve throughly went through all the tracks.

I missed the Indie Artist Mondays yesterday, I’ll resume again next week. For this post, I’ve been meaning to comment on a “Versatile Blogger Award” I got from The Hook. I would like to thank The Hook for being so supportive of my blog. 🙂 Apparently, when you get one of these you have to name 7 other bloggers and award them, and also list 7 facts about yourself.

I’m going to list blogs that I really enjoy… so here we go! (in no particular order).

1. Female Gazing– I love this feminist blog, about love, sex, feminism and what it’s like to be inside the head of a creative, independent woman.

2.10,000 Startup Hours – David Cummings – An entrepreneur blog, since I’m starting my own music marketing business, this blog has given me some insights about starting my own business.

3. The Reading Date – I commend anyone who attempts to read a large amount of literary work in a short amount of time and still gives solid reviews.

4. My Smiling Heart – I stumbled onto this blog on TinyBuddha. I don’t know anyone this positive. If you want a positive pick-me-up, check out this blog.

5. I Made You A Mixtape – Great taste of music on this blog. And excellent writing.

6. Jenn in Japan – A Japanese school teacher, I started reading her blog after the earthquakes and she has given personal insight on what it’s like to be an American in Japan during these dark times.

7. The (Single) Geek Hiker A very personal and modest blogger, whose writing feels like you’ve stepped inside his head.

And 7 facts about me…

1. I can’t ride a bike, I had a semi-traumatic experience and never rode a bike again, which leads to…

2. I find guys on motorcycles hot. Maybe it’s because I can’t ride a bike and they can ride motorcycles… the danger? I don’t know.

3. I can do anything in the arts. Draw, paint, write, dance, sing, song write, play instruments, just about anything. I even was really good at making clay figures as a kid.

4. I won front row tickets to a Madonna concert by making a rhinestone shirt. I’ve been a fan since 1998, always talked about wanting to be close to Madonna, and I only paid $50 in materials for a shirt for 2 tickets that could have easily sold for $2,000 each. Dreams do come true.

5. I’m scared of elevators. When I was a kid, I had two bad experiences. I try not to think about it much, but elevators freak me out.

6. I enjoy reading books about the human brain and why we do things the way we do. Scientists and musicians are similar. I love Malcom Gladwell books, reading about what makes you happy, and about neuroscience.

7. I can’t take care of plants. The only plant I have is bamboo, because you only need to add water. That’s it. I’ve had my bamboo for over 3 years now.

All right, that took a while! I’m off now, I’ll be back Thanks for reading!

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Dance Remixes

In honor of the new remix album for Tron Legacy Reconfigured, I wanted to list some of my favorite remixes. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Madonna – “Frozen” (Franck Martinez remix 2009)

An amazing remix of “Frozen”

 

La Roux – “I’m Not Your Toy” (Jackbeats Remix)

The instruments on this remix is totally different. Ethereal and funky at the same time.


 

Miike Snow – “Silvia” (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)

A hauntingly beautiful remix.

 

30 Seconds to Mars “Kings and Queens” (LA Riots Vocal Mix)

Very upbeat, dancey version of “Kings and Queens”

 

Cher “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

It’s Cher! There’s no other voice like that.


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