Hanging On By A Remix by The Letter Black
Reviewed by Gareth Hills
Released on the heels of the band's 2010 debut, 'Hanging On By A Remix' is, as you will cunningly have worked out, a collection of remixes from that album. Remix albums can be opportunities to hear some genuinely creative work (Linkin Park's 'Reanimation', for instance), or clumsy attempts to graft a club music ethos onto rock tracks. On the whole, this thankfully sticks to the first category. Musically, it's like Trent Reznor producing a collaboration between Linkin Park and Rammstein in a German underground club (it even has a "Berlin After Dark" remix of "All I Want"). It's dark, abrasive, industrial, relentless - aesthetics which play well with the lyrical content of the original songs which reflect brokenness, rejection and betrayal, and the barriers these can be to life and future relationships, but also the hope that can come with God's love and salvation. The remixes are mostly creatively conceived and fun - even a sample from Public Enemy's 'Return to the Terrordrome' finds its way onto 'Wounded'. If there's any criticism to make it would be that the sheer relentlessness of the album, probably explained by the fact that this is a collection of work from disparate artists rather than a cohesive piece of work, occasionally gets a bit too much.
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 125639
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Tooth & Nail 5099946461322
Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
A collection of remixes drawn from the band's debut album.
The Letter Black is back and ready for action with their first remix record Hanging On By A Remix. Even in the midst of a busy touring schedule, The Letter Black released two EPs in 2011: Hanging On By A Thread Sessions, Vol. 1 and Hanging On By A Thread Sessions, Vol. 2.
Hanging On By A Remix is the perfect follow-up: a full-length remix release that features every song from their sophomore effort Hanging On By A Thread. It also features three additional tracks, including a remix cover of Aerosmith's legendary anthem Dream On.
All remixes by Dirty Lazer.