Review of Switchfoot’s Vice Re-Verses
Switchfoot’s Vice Verses was a huge hit when it was released, and now, on April 21st Switchfoot fans can pick up a handful of remixes from Switchfoot’s remix album. The remix album will contain seven remixed songs and will be titled Vice Re-Verses.
The album opens up with a JT Daly (Paper Route) remix of The Original. Personally this isn’t my favorite track on the album. It starts out a bit novelty-like with “na-na-nana-na”s and evolves into a song spiked with hints of jazz and novelty throughout. It’s still a good remix, don’t get me wrong, but I think that it would have been better to start off with a different song. I really enjoyed the bridge and the song’s closing though as the energy spikes and slowly fades out.
Up next is a Photek remix of one of my favorite songs off of Vice Verses, Selling The News. This song was remixed pretty well, it has an almost industrial sound to it with a bit of techno-rock thrown into the mix. The one complaint I do have about the track, is that although only ten seconds shorter than the original version, it seems much shorter than it really is. Other than that it’s a great remix though.
Adam Young’s (Owl City) remix of Blinding Light follows up next and is one of my favorite remixes on the album. Even after being remixed, Young manages to show the song in a completely new way, yet still manage to capture the emotion and feeling that the song originally had.
Another of JT Daly’s remixes follows, this time of Dark Horses. Like Adam Young’s remix of Blinding Light, I feel like this remix managed to present the song in a very new way yet still managed to glorify the original meaning of the song. The remixed version of the song has a suspenseful and almost eerie kind of sound to it which works well for the song, and I’m sure is going to help make it a fan favorite.
Darren King’s Vice Verses remix follows up, beginning with what sounds like jackhammers and general construction noises in the background. Slowly it fades out, into the song. The opening verse of the song takes on a contemplative feeling to it, a stark contrast to the opening and the following chorus. The chorus starts picking up with some more noise to give the song some more energy. The next verse transitions in with a bit more of the jackhammer-esque sounds and some snare drums. The bridge is also quite good, and the song ends well overall. This remix is sure to be another fan favorite.
The album then closes with Drew and Jerome’s remix of The War Inside. Like the Dark Horses remix, the song has a sort of suspenseful and an almost eerie feel to it. Although it’s the second longest song on the album at 4 minutes and 44 seconds, this is another song which seems a lot shorter than it really is. Up until about a minute and forty-five seconds in things continue to move at this fast pace. After that though the chorus sets in and the song starts to get a lot stronger from thereon out. As the song draws to a close, it does so slowly, giving a nice close to the overall album.
Overall, I think that this is a pretty decent album. The choice of songs was a good one, and the choices of those to remix those songs was a great selection as well. The songs flow together well, and the majority of them are able to fully capture the same power that the original tracks had while providing a unique feel to each one. I think that this album, while not a must-have, is sure to be a big hit with the Switchfoot fan base. And for those of you wondering, the Afterlife remix winner has yet to be announced, and the remix will only be on the iTunes download. The record will come out on April 21st, Record Store Day. The physical CD will only be available for a limited time, so if you’re interested in it, pick one up when you can! They’ll be gone in a hurry.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”