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Versus

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Given that remixers' recourse to acoustica is the next logical link to down-tempo electronica, it's no surprise that the Kings of Convenience's beguiling debut has undergone this treatment. Versus sees the winsome, lovelorn ditties of Quiet is the New Loud reinterpreted by the likes of fellow Norwegians Royksopp (whose lovely remix of "I Don't Know What to Save You From" appeared on the "Failure" single), Four Tet, Ladytron, and Alfie, among others. Apart from Ladytron, who opt for their characteristic warped synth-pop, on the whole the assembled cast gently tweaks the songs, rather than offering any radical reworking of them. Evil Tordivel update "Leaning Against the Wall" with sprightly horns and keyboards, leaving the song less introspective, but still recognizable. Wayward folksters Alfie remake "Failure" (also included on the single), but are less successful, as their skewed lo-fi tends to overbear much of the all-important melody. Riton's remix of "The Girl from Back Then" adds gentle sprinkles of nonchalant, shuffling beats, but the highlight is the "Weight of My Words" remix by Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet. As showcased on his glorious Pause album, he melds bubbling electronica with an organic, folky ambience, perfectly demonstrating the premise of Versus. --Suzannah Brown
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00005Q36C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I see I'm not the first person who was a little shall-we-say skeptical of the concept. I mean, really. Electronica remixes of acoustic folk lullabyes? Does it get any more gimmicky?
Yea, all signs pointed to "save your money" on this one. But deep down I wanted to believe. I knew that a concept like this really could make for wonderful music, if only it was done right. With taste, with imagination, with respect for the source material -- I mean, it could be really good! Couldn't it?
So, with a little trepidation, I purchased Versus. I bought it used, so as to limit my losses. And what do you know.
It's better than I'd even hoped. My wife loves it too -- we even found that the baby will stop crying when we put it on. She just stares at the speakers with an expression halfway between awestruck and dumbstruck.
We love it so much that we were hesitant to buy the original versions ("Quiet is the New Loud") until just recently. I figured they would seem empty to us. Wrong again. Blown away again. But that's a subject for a different review.
I can go back and forth between this and QitNL without any of that jarring feeling -- you know, like when you hear an old song that your favorite band covered once, and you're so used to the cover that something always seems to be missing, and you can't stop noticing its absence? Well, none of that. It's like each of the artists brings such a new vision to their track that they created a whole new song altogether. Almost all of them, anyway.
Maybe if I'd bought QitNL first it would be different. I don't know. I say, get this one first. It's a little more "hooky".
There is a bit of repetition.
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By A Customer on January 10, 2002
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I heard a sound bite of "Gold for the Price of Silver" on NPR a couple weeks ago. Then I read that this album had "Beautiful songs for the post-club, chill-out crowd". So I bought it. Now I think the eject button on my car's CD player is worthless.
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In a day where there are so many good remixes of horrible songs, and horrible remixes of great songs, this album finally brings us a real treat. This is masterful; a piece that should be viewed as a model for what remixes of folk should look like. The artists on this disc recognized the essence and soul of the music it is derived from and the experience this creates is an even more passionate rendition of the same emotions of the first album. Taking the brilliant originals, recognizing the reason they exist as their own exceptional works, and reworking them to make those points even more prominent.
Gold for the Price of Silver, Toxic Girl, and Weight of My Words are highlights for me. I hope this album is viewed as a model, and purchased in the same volume as the first album is. If you like Quiet is the New Loud, you must listen to this. If you like folk and electronic music this is a must own.
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Upon my 3rd listen to this disc, I came to the conclusion that the Kings of Convenience in this electronic setting sound like the second coming of a post-modern Prefab Sprout. The Simon & Garfunkel and Nick Drake comparisons are right on the money too. This collection sets a very high & glossy standard for remix discs as it's one of the more consistent ones I've ever heard. The Four Tet remixes of 'Weight of my Words' get all the press in reviews, and while it's genuinely great, it's far from being the best remix on here. The Royksopp remix of 'I Don't Know What I Can Save You From' is fantastic and perfectly sets the mood as the opening track. The collaboration with Erot on 'Gold For The Price of Silver' is strictly martini disco with a great funk inflected guitar line loping throughout. My favorite track would have to be possibly the most goofy one, the remake by Evil Tordivel (who the heck is this person?) of 'Leaning Against The Wall', is just a purely fun Burt Bacharach meets Badly Drawn Boy produced by Stereolab romper room electronic jam. A fun, swanky and altogether enjoyable experience.
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By A Customer on October 30, 2001
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Their first album, "Quiet is the New Loud," is a Nick Drake meets Simon & Garfunkel acoustic masterpiece. Now, with this remix album, they venture into electronic territory. The subtle touches added to these songs by artists like Alfie, Ladytron, and Four Tet are just enough to enhance, without overpowering. Wonderfully mellow and relaxed.
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This is a exemplary slice of `Folktronica' (Folk inspired Electronica), and with this release they take existing artists (Ladytron, Four Tet, Andy Votel, Röyksopp), and rework them to work within a `Folktronica' rearrangement (mostly downtempo melodic harmonies), and if all of this sounds a bit `Pleasant'.....you'd be right, but that shouldn't distract from what is some of the most blissfully hushed electronic music. `"Andy Votel's - Winning a Battle, Losing a War" steals the show with it's tremulous choruses, and gentle Synth-Pop strumming, containing as much melancholic ideas, as conventional singer/songwriter acoustic artists.....and although there is nothing song wise (apart from `Ladytron's' remixed "Little Kids") that raises above quietly melodious grooves, this album has a real substance.....it could even be argued that "Quiet!!...is the new Loud!!".
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