I'm slowly making my way through Mute's recent career-spanning 6 album box set, and I've only just realized that the music has not only been remastered but also re-mixed by the surviving members. This is especially noticeable on the first two albums. Thankfully, the remixing is relatively...
I thought they were running out of ways to repackage Belinda, but I forgot about the picture disc. I am part of the problem, however, having recently bought Decades Volume 1 despite owning everything already in multiple formats.
Bring my timing in, seagulls gather on the wind
Lady screaming, lady leave me out
‘Cause sometimes people stare
Coming down, electric chair
Shake up the picture, the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
The next track off the new album, "Slow Train" is tough going for me. Their 21st Century albums have had a fair share of filler, but something about the nursery rhyme cadence here is not resonating with me. Count me a bit worried.
There's a probably-real interview with James Ford out there, where he mentions the album is likely not coming out until mid-2024. Apparently they're doing a lot of recording in Ford's home, and also separately, which is interesting.
I wonder if we'll get a live BluRay/DVD/CD of the Dreamworld...
It's not just me, then. I wasn't expecting 180 gram audiophile quality, but the standard vinyl is very flimsy (mine is warped). The Light Blue / Neon Magenta (I think of this as Neon Blue / Movin' On Magenta version) is actually much higher quality and sounds amazing.
The rush of releases from 2019-2021 had me worried, but he did seem to take a step back and this record is shaping up to be amazing, with a book of art and "essays" to boot. Song lengths ("Shit Talk" excepted) are reasonable again, too.
The original debut album mix was on Stiff UK pressed on red vinyl. Roger Bechirian remixed about half the tracks for Epic Records (Lucky Number, Say When, Tonight, Writing On The Wall, Telepathy, Momentary Breakdown) before its Canada/USA release.
I've only ever heard the New Toy EP version of...
I respect Annie so much for saying no. I understand why people want to see/hear them one more time, but she's been honest about the rigours of touring and the fact that she doesn't sound the same as she did back then. There are so many 'legacy' acts that just keep going, rehashing the glory days...
A nice surprise, for me, was that if you ordered a bundle you likely got two different signed prints (and three signed items in total).
Aside: I always wonder if today's cassettes actually play or if they're purely decorative. I'll never know.
Fascinating. I'll be interested to hear the remastering here, as much of this sounds so thin (for lack of a better word) on streaming platforms. I'm not sure I need 11 versions of "Lucky Number" or "Mein Schmerz" but she had something special during this era.