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Life in Mono EP [Vinyl] Single


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Vinyl, Single, December 9, 1997
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  • Vinyl (December 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000005DQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life in Mono [Album Version]
2. Life in Mono [Alice Band Mix]
3. Life in Mono [Sweat Band Mix]
4. Life in Mono [Hope Mix]
5. Life in Mono [Bushmaster]
6. Life in Mono [Instrumental]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Life in Mono" is perhaps the most enchanting song in Mono's "Formica Blues." It's a pretty, trippy little trip-hop song with a revolving keyboard melody, and wistful lyrics. Sadly, few of the remixes are up to the standards of the original. More often than not, they merely make you wish for the simplicity of Mono's uncluttered sound.

The original album version is the first presented, followed by "Life In Mono - Propellerheads Alice Band Mix," which is has more percussion and bass, and less keyboard magic. "Life In Mono - Propellerheads Sweat Band Mix" is less appealing -- it's funereal and cluttered with sound, losing the actual song somewhere in the heavy production. As a rock song, it's excellent, but not quite a good remix.

"Life In Mono - Lightfoot "Hope" Mix" is a bit better, getting both heavier and spacier; "Life In Mono - Bushmaster Mix" completely loses the melody under a thick carpet of muddy sounds, except for a few wavery moments. And finally there is an instrumental version of "Life in Mono," which is basically the pretty, rippling melody without the vocals.

The UK trip-hop band Mono only produced one album, sadly. But at least it was an excellent one. And "Life in Mono" is an enchanting song, even if it loses some of its magic under the thick layers of bass and percussion here, along with some heavy electronic work. The Propellerhead remixes are probably the most even work in the single, maintaining their sound smoothly to the end.

There are some duds in the "Life in Mono" single, and few of the remixes sound anything like the original. But it's certainly worth looking at.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on February 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first remember hearing "Life in Mono" in a commercial for that godawful POS called "Great Expectations" with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke on television several years ago. I was immediately smitten with the intricate melodies and fragile vocals. I bought the full-length cd shortly after first hearing the song and finding out that Mono sings the song however I was disappointed in the cd. I found out that the only song I liked on it was "Life in Mono". Everything else was...well, garbage immediately comes to mind. So I sold the full-length cd and later found a copy of just the single "Life in Mono" with its remixes. My one issue with the single is that the album version is like only around three and a half minutes long contrary to what it says on the back of the cd. The remixes were very interesting to say the very least. My personal favorite of the four mixes was the Alice Band mix which was remixed by the guys in Propellerheads. It had a very laid back, bass-driven feel to the song. The Sweat Band Mix was a more rock orientated mix along with techno beats. For some odd reason, the Sweat Band mix reminded me of Underworld's "Dark and Long". I don't know why but it just had that same dark feel to the song. I didn't care much for the remix because it lacked any vocals. The "Hope" mix was cool because it was remixed as a drum and bass track. I'm not a big fan of drum and bass music in general but I thought "Life in Mono" did sound good as a d&b song. The Bushmaster mix was good too. Maybe slightly better than the "Hope" mix. Of course I loved the instrumental. With or without vocals, I just love hearing intricate melodies of the harpsichord on this particular song. Overall, solid remixes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In the tradition of soft french melodies, Mono produces a hypnotic lingering tune. A familar melody line taken a step further by catchy electronics and soothing harmonies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel (oyucel@annapolis.net) on December 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Life in Mono" is an excellent song, and all the incarnations on this single are listenable and all contain their own identity. What more is there to say? Good song, good single, get it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
one of those just purly great songs.her voice is of an angel and the melody is from heaven.you can appreciate the song better if you have seen great expectations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on February 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mono, on the whole, wasn't what I expected and I'm saddened by that fact. I actually heard Life in Mono before I heard anything else by the band and rushed out to by the album (Monico Blues), hoping beyond hope that the whole of the work would be like this song. And it wasn't. In fact, I have to say that I've been disappointed with Mono as a whole since this track. But, what a track.

Honestly, I have to say that I absolutely adore this song. Its haunting and almost surreal, and it evokes imagery within it that makes me feel good. Its atmospherically centering in a right, painting a picture within the wording, and the vocal presence behind it is amazing. Even now, some 8 years after its release, I still feel it when I close my eyes and listen, the track bringing back memories of old loves and old flames and the synthetic prowess that highs and a paintbrush can bring together.

O yeah.

The problem with this single is that it isn't simply the album version of the song. The remixes provided don't do it justice at all, changing the song in ways that actually take away some of the traits it possesses. The Alice Ban Mix slows it down to a minimalist crawl that loops into some sort of electro-house mix, starting the audio snail pace creeping along until the basic beat kicks in, and that's really redundant and fights the vocals. The "Sweat Band Mix" puts way too much beat to the track, giving it some kind of techno spaghetti-western appeal that is anything but appealing if you liked the first track, and I couldn't buy into that. The "Hope" mix is a club sound, bass and remix with the atypical 4x4 beat, and this isn't a cross-genre sound so that doesn't work. Also, the vocals are used as a loop when they are one of the most powerful instruments that the song has to offer.
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