Death From Above
Romance Bloody Romance


3.0
good

Review

by Two-Headed Boy USER (86 Reviews)
October 30th, 2005 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Death From Above 1979 can not be described in one word, unless that word is unique. The big picture of DFA is a fuzzy bass, drums, and even fuzzier vocals singing ...er... romantically charged songs. On their debut EP, Heads Up, DFA's cover, the band members heads together with elephant snouts for noses, would echo through their upcoming works. At just six songs, heads up is geniusly timed so you can listen to it in one listen. With You're a Woman, i'm a Machine, they expanded their horizon to actually put out SINGLES, complete with b-sides.

This cd is actually not released in America until nov.22, 2005, but living in Canada I quickly grabbed this anticipated release only to be overcome by suprise: it's a b-side/remix cd. "Um, ok" I said as I injected into my cd player...

DFA79:
Jesse Keeler : Bass, Synth
Sebastian Grainger: Drums, Vox


First, let's talk about the B-sides, Better Off Dead and You're Lovely (But You've Got Problems). Both are high energy blasts of eclectic punk with traces of dance-rock and electronica on the side. Better Off Dead takes a different approach, though, with more dance than anything. This song actually has 2 basses, and it gives our album a good start. Some might be reminded of some latter-day Pearl Jam, I know I am, but DFA gives it a new DFA-ish twist. The fuzzy bass is the more powerful of the two, but the un-fuzzy bass is the real bass highlight of the song because it shows the limits of the band and how it stretches those exact same limits, which coming up with a great result all together. You're Lovely (But You've Got Problems) is my favorite of the B-sides, the vocals are clear and easy to understand, which is a refreshment. The chorus has the bass doing it's up-down, up-down, up-down signature. and the apocalpyptic screaming is the perfect touch to this beast. Overall, the B-sides are the strongest part of the album because they aren't overly indulgent with too many excess parts to them.


One of the most remixed songs on the album is the funky powerhouse of Romantic Rights. The original song is a very danceable track with punk roots, and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire duration of the song. Erol Alksan's Love From Below re-edit is a rather un-exciting song, considering it doesn't really differ much from the original. Despite the lack of bass in the intro and it's addition at an awkard spot, it can manage to maintain your attention by it's second chorus where the more straight-forward song enters the arena and stays until the finish. Also, it adds a synthesizer, the only actual difference that separates this version from it's original. It's a fascinating addition, because it borders on both incredible and annoying. The Phone Lovers Remix is the best rendition of RR, completely different from the original, and it doesn't have to be 6:00 to entertain. It's really severely edited, so true believers of the original might hate it, but it really depends on your opinion on techno/metal. That being said, this song is alot heavier than other renditions of RR, and the techo twist just makes it all the more interesting. An almost video-gamish version, the Marczech Makuziak remix is a great rendition of the song. The synth-like vocals are great, and if you liked the other two versions, you'll continue that streak with this dancable jem. Kudos to Marc-however the heck you say that name. The most danceable version, however, is the Dahlback Remix. It starts exactly the same as the original, but danci-ness thakes over. The synth bass follows the pure-dance rhythms perfectly, and the whole song continues with it's dancable rhythms that will satisfy those floor-tearers out there.

One of the best songs from the original album, Black History Month is a very down-beat song that combines alarming timing with very a dark atmoshphere. It's still a fantastic song that you can dance too, but just much less upbeat. The Alan Braxe & Fred Falke remix is a much heavier version of the song, and it isn't until now that you realize it's a refreshing break the shynthiness. The ride doesn't last long, though, as the second chorus kicks a synth in the mix but the song manages to keep it's roots of heaviness, while continuing that tradition of danciness. The verse is my personal favorite part of the song, followed by the bassy bridge. The Josh Homme remix, however, is quite the opposite. The xylophone at the end of the original is stretched out over four minutes, which is deemed completely unnecesary and uninteresting. However, the last two minutes seem to cram as much fury into them as possible, with somewhat pathetic results. It's a distasterous, unsatisfying song. It's boring, it's repetitive, and you could fall asleep listening to it .Easily skipable, and only truly bad track on this cd. The Sammy Danger mix is much moreore like it, it's a good mixture of actual intruments with noises that go from screeching abrupntess to controlled mush. The guitar(") in the verse is something to savour. and the chorus is a mesh of bass-n-drum-synth yumminess. Definitly a highlight, it'll satisfy even the most genre-strict people. The Girl On Girl Revision Feat.Final Fantasy Remix samples an orchestra at bits, and this grand rendition is personally my favortite remix on here. The violin in the chorus is reminiscent of Michael Jackson's immortan Billie jean, and it's just awesome. Then in the 2nd chorus, the intrumentations take full flight and it becomes a dance-floor novelty, without seeming ridiculous.

There are three songs on here with only one remix each. We have Blood On Hour Hands, remixed by Justic, and Little Girl and Sexy Results remixed by Jesse's electronica outfit MSTRKRFT. All three of these songs are quite interesting, however I was dissapointed to see only one remix of Blood on our Hands. Thank God, however, because it's pretty much completely original. Again, taking a more dance-approach to the song, the opening is nothing more than the vocals slicing up the original's, with it's twisted rhythms and woozy figure. However, as it progresses, it's gets so danceable that it's nothing short of an exception on the album. It's completely original, and for the faster parts of the song, the synth makes a triumphant double-time rhythmic rendition. The MSTRKRFT rendition of Little Girl is a great listen, even for those who aren't a fan of the actual song itself. It takes a different turn all together, while remaining a little bit loyal to the original. I'm not that big on this song, but the new and sole version of this song manages to capture my interest for the song. It sounds a lot like Black History Month, which is the cool thing about this song; how they make it sound different. The Sexy Results remix is, however, somewhat lacking. It starts off with the French whipering, over the original music of the song. It's mainly a more uncivilized side of DFA, and the result is nothing more than confusing. Not really a great song but it's acceptable. The shallow lyrics can get on your nerves, and the music is the only great thing about this song.

There it is. A bizarre, weird, interesting album that follows the tradition of DFA79's individuality. They're one of my favorite bands, and this cd impresses me in terms of diversity. Definitely recomended for fans of Death From Above and electronica lovers, but otherwise look out - this album is very narrow-minded and could be a turnoff to people looking for a more diverse listen, even for a remix album.



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pulseczar
October 30th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

decent review, an overall review would've been more fitting, I personally would never give a remix album 4 stars

Two-Headed Boy
October 30th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I live in Canada so it came out a little earlier than the U.S. Expect to see it stores November 22nd.This Message Edited On 12.22.06

Med57
Moderator
October 30th 2005


1002 Comments


If it's been released already, then we take reviews as being legitimate, as there's no way of proving whether the reviewer has a legitimate copy of the album. (Not saying that you don't, by the way). Interesting review, anyway. I tend not to like remix albums, but good work.

Two-Headed Boy
October 30th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Med57



That is true, but I guess you'll have to trust me

:chug:

StigmataSD
November 1st 2005


43 Comments


Why the heck did they just do remixes of songs from You're a Woman, I'm a Machine? That doesn't make a bunch of sense to me. And they actually made more than 1 for some songs. What on earth?!

incubus62086
November 3rd 2005


147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the Sammy Danger mix of Black History Month really blew me away. nice review. thank god for the internet so i could download this before it was released cuz i adore DFA1979.  The Bsides are great as well

sub-bass
November 21st 2005


4 Comments


I saw it in stores around the 14

I don't know if I will get it yet

Jawaharal
November 23rd 2005


1832 Comments


I love them.

I find alot of their writers retards but a few of them are great.

Two-Headed Boy
December 11th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i despise picthfork because of their extremely low opinion of some truly great bands. ex. DFA79, Weezer!

scallahan06
December 11th 2005


124 Comments


i was wondering if this album is really worth the money, its just remixes. tell me if i should buy itThis Message Edited On 12.11.05

Captain_HumpYourFace
December 12th 2005


119 Comments


I don't mind this band at all, they can get me pumped and they're fun live but I've been getting into arguements with my friend about them, mainly about how good of a bass player Jesse is.

I know this is random but I need to get it off my chest; in my opinion Jesse is NOT a good bass player, he's just a decent guitarist playing the wrong instrument.

Two-Headed Boy
December 14th 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ha i thought that too

great minds think alike

Broken Arrow
December 15th 2005


220 Comments


I have only heard the B-sides off this album. They were still great though. I really like Better of Dead. Great band though.

scallahan06
December 28th 2005


124 Comments


josh hommes remix is slow at the beginning but it gets wicked, i dont think its that bad at all

scallahan06
January 26th 2006


124 Comments


hey dudes with the comments about jesse "being not a good bass player he should be a guitarist", check out his side project Femme Fatale. you will have to buy it you cant download it anywhere. its awesome its violent music, violent guitar, and violent cover art, and his vocals sound scary. but the guitar work is really amazing. this shows how good of a guitar and bass player he really is. i recommend you to check this out, mind you the album is only 11 minutes long hahaThis Message Edited On 01.26.06

TruGibson
February 6th 2006


2 Comments


let me just make this clear:

Death From Above 1979 is a fantastic band and all of their music is incredible.



scallahan06
February 6th 2006


124 Comments


agreed

fiver-fiver
March 7th 2006


1 Comments


huzzah!

Electric City
Emeritus
April 17th 2006


15762 Comments


AV8RS humble beginning...

Death stare...

pulseczar
April 17th 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Boring remix album, same old same old. Get their debut er'rbady.



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