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XRV

The Dignity of LabourAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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listen  1. XRV 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vinyl Bliss (The Bachelor 7-inch Mix) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. XRV (Nevarakka Mix) 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. XRV (Upstairs at Eric's) 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vinyl Bliss (Color Theory Unmix) 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. XRV (Xtremix) 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Oxygen 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. XRV (Domination Mix) 9:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 10, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A Different Drum
  • ASIN: B0002CKCS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Watch out for an absolutely wonderful debut CD single that is destined to become a synthpop classic. "XRV" shines as a song that's not only catchy and club-friendly, but it also has a depth within the lyrics that makes it even more memorable. You'll quickly be reminded of IRIS, Cause and Effect, or other synthpop classics as you hear the clear vocals combine with smooth synthpop production. You'll be even more impressed by the excellent b-side songs and exciting remixes-- the Nevarakka remix pushes the song into a high-energy trance sound, while the "Upstairs at Eric's Mix" barrows some memorable synth-hooks from Yazoo to make a retro-flavored mix that could become a cult hit.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synthpop Heaven July 1, 2004
By Felicia
Format:Audio CD
There are very few releases I've purchased in the past several years that grab me from the moment I first pop them into the cd player. This is definately one of them! XRV alone is a great song. The remixes are absolutely amazing. The track 8 remix - 'Domination mix' is unbelieveable and it wouldn't suprise me in the least if I heard it in clubs soon. The track 4 remix - 'Upstairs at Eric's' is a very very close second favorite. I also have to mention that 'Vinyl Bliss' and 'Oxygen' are great as well.
I wholeheartedly recommend this cd to anyone who can appreciate great music. Can't wait for more from TDOL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Face June 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised when I learned that in addition to several addicitve remixes were not one but three singles on this disc, each with its own charm and hook. The singers voice is breathy and dreamy, layered with two or three harmonies ranging from bass to soprano. This, blended with lush orchestral backing tracks and pounding beats, is further expanded in the Nevarakka and Upstairs at Eric's mixes. Gently plopped in the middle of the set is a piano/thump-driven Color Theory Unmix, where the singer's vocals and harmonies are pushed to the front of the mix. A jumpy Xtremix manages to create an entirely new track by rearranging vocal parts to fit the new mold, and I had goosebumps hearing the nod to the ghosts of Razormaid after a tour through The Domination Mix. At the end of it all, there simply isn't a throwaway cut on this whole disc. I recommend this to anyone who thinks that provocative synth-driven music is all but dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! November 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very catchy tune - my favorite is the original dub (track 1). This is a band to watch. They are currently working on a full-length album. Check out the other track "Satellite", found on the "Synthpop for a Darkened Room 2" compilation album. Very, very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new synthpop gods June 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD on the advice of a friend, and to put it simply, I was BLOWN AWAY. Incredibly sophisicated arrangements and some of the best vocals and harmonies in the genre. There are two singles on the CD--Vinyl Bliss and Oxygen, which could each manage as A-sides in their own right. The Neverakka mix of XRV is simply phenomenal, with instant club appeal, and Upstairs at Erics has a nice Yazoo flavor to it. The single is rounded out with a punchy piano version of Vinyl Bliss, a home-brewed club version as well as a razormaid of the title track. This single is the first I've heard of this band, but hopefully will not be the last. A must buy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a very good single November 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This review was originally written by my husband, Daniel Aeschliman, who has given me permission to post it here:

We fell in love with this song pretty quickly after hearing it on a sampler CD from A Different Drum. The single adds in some great mixes (from the dancier Nevarakka mix to the '80s styled "Upstairs At Eric's"), plus another song ("Oxygen") from the forthcoming album and new mixes of "Vinyl Bliss" from the previous album Belief. I have to admit some disappointment in the Color Theory mix of "Vinyl Bliss" and the TDOL remix of "XRV" ("XRV [Xtremix]" - a club heavy version that falls prey to the "one or two lines of lyrics" approach that I truly despise), but the rest of the disc was quite excellent. It should be noted that these two tracks aren't necessarily bad, they just either weren't my thing (Xtremix) or weren't quite what I was expecting (Color Theory mix).
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