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Continuing with the fun and hijinks of Duncan Sheik's well-received Covers 80s, Remixed is exactly that and much more. Tunes once stripped down for reflection are built back up with layers of synths and vocals, plus unique production tricks that breathe more new life into tunes known by heart by Generation X members who remember when they bristled at being classified as such. The Max Tannone remix of The Smiths' "William, It Was Really Nothing" shades the tune toward techno, as if Depeche Mode had absconded with Johnny Marr's guitar. The mash-up producer performs serious surgery on the tune, overtaking Sheik's original acoustic rendition. Samantha Ronson's remix of The Cure's "Kyoto Song" pushes the beats to the breaking point, while Sheik himself turns in a synth-heavy mix of Lisa Loeb's "Stay" that retains his somber touch. "Shout," featuring Rachael Yamagata, flourishes into luminous Technicolor. 

Customer Reviews

Loving this...

Are you kidding? This is awesome. I loved the original 80's CD, but these remixed versions are so awesome.

"The Ghost in You" is pretty much amazing.

I'm a little biased, but this ROCKS!

The original Covers 80's CD was one of my favorite things Duncan has done, largely due to the fact that we have similar taste in music, and I love his voice. (Duncan could sing the phone book, and I'd listen.) This takes things to the next level. All of the songs are updated with clever remixes. I now find myself liking some of the songs I thought were the weaker songs on Covers 80's.
I have to agree with the other reviewer Ghost in You was also my favorite on the other CD. My surprise favorite remix was Kyoto Song, Samantha Ronson nailed it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. As with all Duncan Sheik music, it's money well spent.
Side note for Sheik fans Skylar Grey is the artist formerly known as Holly Brook. If you happened to catch them on tour, she's pretty great as well.

Just a note...

The cover of "Stay" featured on her is NOT the song by Lisa Loeb. I can't believe iTunes hired whoever wrote this review, who obviously didn't even listen to the track, OR realize that Loeb's song was a hit from the 90's.


Born: November 18, 1969 in Montclair, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik premiered in mid-1996 when Atlantic released his self-titled debut album. With an appearance on the soundtrack to the TV hit ER, Sheik became somewhat well known in alternative circles. Born in 1970, Duncan Sheik grew up in South Carolina but spent many of his early years living with his grandparents in New Jersey. Inspired to play the piano while there, he later moved to electric guitar and performed in bands throughout high school. While studying at Brown...
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