Provision Ideal Warfare
By Marcus Pan
While I dug Provisions work in the
past, Im questioning this release of Ideal Warfare. We have two
songs throughout the album each mixed over a half dozen times for a
fifteen track CD of the same two songs, over and over, and even occasionally in
a row. A few known names here: CTRL, Null Device, Asmodeus X but
nonetheless, why do we need seven or eight versions of one song? Id hate
to say it but I think its a little pedantic and surely not worth
its own release. I long for the days when new albums would have a bonus
track or two that had a remix by some guest artist of a previously heard track
not a full CD of previously heard tracks remixed by guests.
Ideal and Perversions of Conventional Warfare
are the remixed-over-and-over-again tracks found here. Originally these were
off of The Consequence. Ive already reviewed these two tracks
somewhat in the review of that album. Neither Ideal nor Perversions
of Conventional Warfare impressed me so much that I can recall precisely
what the originals sounded like, but here we go.
The first remix of Ideal is dubbed the
Separation by Provision themselves. Lets see we have techno
drumbeats, bright keyboards and a nice mix of EBM. Male baritone vocals. Just
like before. By track 4 weve had a run of similar keyboards, EBM rhythms,
baritone vocals and
gosh Im bored.
The Sober Mix by People Theatre of Perversions of
Conventional Warfare is the first that is very different from others, using
a more bass-heavy rhythm and percussion. I also dig the System Syn remix
they show a bit of elaborate industrial mayhem in their version while the
BUI Mix by Backandtotheleft add some chorale-like keys but keep the song
itself somewhat similar to the others. The Asmodeus Xs version of
Ideal is funky and deep, creating a trance-like atmosphere.
Provision do a decent job of it really, Ive enjoyed
their releases. And while theres a few gems here, I would have enjoyed
them had they been ending bonus tracks on, say, The Consequence. But to
release a 15 track CD of
two songs? Remixes are things that are put on as
bonus tracks or the occasional surprise. Not a complete CD of the same songs
over and over with altered rhythms and melodies, just to release an
? I really dont have time for this sort of thing.
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