Monday, 19 May 2008

Amplive: Rainydayz

For my first album review, I think it's only fair that I look at an album that everyone can listen to - without needing to venture out to the shops. More to the point, without paying anything either.

It's actually an album that's been in the news a bit. Amplive decided to take Radiohead's new album In Rainbows, and have some creative remixing and sampling to make his own 8-track album.

Radiohead initially objected - but an agreement was reached, and it's out there for free download.

I don't mind saying that I'm not the biggest fan of the entire remix idea. So, I listened to the tracks with a bit of trepidation. And, I'm afraid to say, I've not been overly convinced. Take Nudez. I think the best part of the source track, Nude, is that it's so sublime. It takes me away into a strange and distant land whilst listening to it. By remixing it, all of those wonderful qualities are immediately removed - even though Radiohead themselves encouraged people to remix it.

Thankfully, there's still some tracks I can definitely appreciate. I think Video Tapez nicely twists Videotape - adds a beat, and intersperses original rapping. No, I don't like rapping, but I can appreciate it. Conversely, All I need is completely different different to the original - taking into a completely different genre. But, it's still recognisable, which is nicely done.

It's definitely not the sort of thing I'd pay for, but for a free download - well worth the experience; and can help you perhaps widen your musical experience.

Raindayz is available now for free download here.

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