People's History of
The Dismemberment Plan
better way to say goodbye to one of your favorite bands than to
dismember its music? The premise was simple -- invite fans via their
website to download a song, remix it and send it in. While the intention
was all good, the result wasn't. No single song meets or exceeds
its original, none of which were exactly begging for the remix treatment
in the first place.
At it's worst, the remixers
have turned great songs into impenetrable fogs of noise, forcing
you to pick through the haze to find any reminince of the original
melodies. Parae's "The Face of the Earth ('super' soniq remix)"
and Cex's "remix" of "Following Through" are
the worst offenders, providing a solid border between experimental
tracks, however, are more subtle and try to compliment original
material by showcasing Travis Morrison's always eager vocals amid
herky-jerky rhythms and electronic doo-dads. The best are Ev's take
on "The City," sporting some tasty trumpet, and Grandmaster
Incongruous' merging of "Pay for the Piano" with Costello's
"Pump You Up" and massive beats.
As a whole, the project
is interesting on first listen, but none of these homemade explorations
are worth hearing twice. If anything, the CD wets your appetite
to listen to those classic D Plan CDs again and remember the good
ol' days of not so long ago.
Posted Nov. 4,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
single song meets or exceeds its original, none of which were
exactly begging for the remix treatment in the first place."