Apr 2012 02

Mesh - An Alternative SolutionMesh
Category: EBM / Synthpop
Album: An Alternative Solution
Stars: 3
Blurb: Better than the average remix album, the band’s catchy tunes still shine through.


Mesh made a splash last year, with their album A Perfect Solution and a spot on the Legends of Synthpop Tour with De/Vision and Iris. A remix album is a risk for any act, but Mesh provides a solid foundation for any reworking.

This experiment is about half successful. Some tracks do nothing to add to the originals, and in fact, detract from Mesh’s beautiful synthpop. Portion Control’s take on “The Bitter End” is a remix worst case scenario, stripping the original of its melody with a grating spacey synth and an overload of clashing special effects. The Parralox version of “Hopes, Dreams” has a bright, bouncy new wave sound that’s good for what it is, but not a good match for Mesh’s dark melodies.

Several other spots on the album, however, offer a refreshing new take on Mesh’s solid tunes. SMP’s Deathproof mix of “It’s Gone” won’t pack a dance floor, but the airy synth and mournful sound work well with the melancholy tone of the lyrics and the singer’s deep voice. The Restraining Order mix of “Want You” by Informatik has a static but driving beat and an overall sound that shifts perfectly from a dark tone to a heavy synth. Intuition offers an interesting take on “Who Says?,” overlaying it with heavy guitars and hard synths that give it a distinctive edge. These tracks, rather than stretching out the originals’ catchy melodies, enhance them with new dimensions, which is what a remix is supposed to do.
Track list:
Disc 1: Standard Edition

  1. If We Stay Here (Zeromancer Remix)
  2. Only Better (Mechanical Cabaret Bi-Polar Mix)
  3. Everything I Made (Robin Gigla Remix)
  4. Is It So Hard? (Remixed by Iris feat. Julia Beyer)
  5. Hold It Together (Daniel Myer Renegade of Noise Remix)
  6. It’s Gone (SMP Deathproof Mix)
  7. How Long (Assemblage 23 Remix)
  8. Who Says? (Inuition’s Alternate Solution Mix)
  9. Hopes, Dreams (Parralox Remix)
  10. Want You (Restraining Order Mix by Informatik)
  11. The Bitter End (Portion Control ‘Grind’ 70BPM Version)

Disc 2: Limited Edition

  1. Only Better (Alien6 Remix)
  2. Everything I Made (Kloq Remix)
  3. Save Everyone
  4. Hold & Restrain (Olafs Vinyl Version)
  5. How Long? (Mesh Full Duration Pump Mix)
  6. How Long? (Samedit Perpetual Mix)
  7. The Bitter End (Celluloide Version Hexagonale)

Mesh Website http://www.mesh.co.uk
Mesh MySpace http://www.myspace.com/mesh_a_perfect_solution
Mesh Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5123877165
Mesh Twitter http://twitter.com/meshwecollide
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords
Metropolis Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisRecords
Metropolis Records Twitter http://www.twitter.com/metropolisrec
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon CD (Limited Edition)
Amazon MP3
Elizabeth Green (salomedesade)

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