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Album Review

With You're a Woman, I'm a Machine and the resulting run of sweaty live shows Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler proved that Death from Above 1979's bass/Moog/drums/vocals setup fulfills both sides of the dance-punk hyphenate. So it's no surprise that Romance Bloody Romance is more intent on reinterpretation — on showing off the diversity of the source material — than offering straight remixes exclusively for dancing. There are four versions each of "Romantic Rights" and "Black History Month," and both Keeler (Mstrkrft) and Grainger (Girl on Girl) contribute under-affiliated remix aliases. There's definitely dancey stuff — "Sexy Results" gets a cowbell hiccup, handclaps, and a modified disco slink; Jesper Dahlbäck turns one of the "Romantic Rights" into a pounding, strutty house anthem, and Alan Braxe & Fred Falke alternate the harsh chording of the original "Black History Month" with lush stretches of Continental disco. It's "Death from Above Ibiza!" But Josh Homme's "Black History" is full of eerie chimes and backmasked vocals, and the violin of Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) shows up in the in Girl on Girl's understated reconsideration of the same. The violin and muted organ tones over the original's stuttering bass line positions this particular "BHM" somewhere between 1970s melodrama and a breakdance rhythm track.

Customer Reviews

If it ain't broke...

...don't mess with it! Sigfried and Roy must have gotten a hold of "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine", because that beast has been tamed and turned into a whiney little kitty. DFA 1979s first full-length album was one of my faves, with its raw energy and frantic pace. Never had I heard a two-piece make such a racket—and enjoyed it so much. This album of remixes, in my humble opinion, takes the air right out of the balloon. The programmed drums, pops and beeps laid over Sebastien's high pitched howl just doesn't do it for me. Stick with the originals, boys, I love it better that way.

This is 2005's album of the year.

Ok, I bought this today. This is an amazing cd. Do not listen to anyone elses opinion on this but me. This is amazing. First of all, i have never heard remixxes this good. I am overwhelemed. Flabberghasted. I don't know what word can convey my emotion well enough but it's amazing. MSTRKRFT stuff is great, and everything else is too. It just sounds amazing. seriously, buy it.

DFA79 frocks my socks

I really dug You're a Woman, I'm a Machine and personally would have loved to remix/learn how to play the bass lines. Now, if I were you're average alternative rocker I would totally say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, but I'm not your average alt rocker. In terms of just a remix album I'd say this is higher up on my list. It isn't any Silent Alarm Remixed (funny how both bands are form the same label), but the remixes are all unique. Sometimes it seems just a skoatch different from the original, but most of the remixes, especially The Phone Lovers remix of Romantic Rights, are pretty rockin. Repatitive yes, Boring no. If you're into more dancefloor style remixes I'd say this cd is "all encompassingly" for you.


Formed: 2000 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The high-energy, high-volume duo Death from Above 1979 made an immediate splash upon their debut in 2004 with You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. Bassist/synth player Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger both hailed from Toronto, where they met and formed Death from Above in 2001. (The "1979" tag was added later, following a legal spat with the U.S.-based music collective DFA.) Without a guitarist -- or any other bandmember for that matter -- Keeler and Grainger were free to push their...
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