Distorted, electric rock -- that's probably the best way to describe Romance Bloody Romance, the new release from gritty Toronto two-piece, Death from Above 1979.

  
  

It's the kind of music you want to crank while you're hooning down the highway at midnight, throwing the finger to all the trucks you're overtaking and pissed off at some guy who's just broken your heart. Driven by hardcore sweaty bass lines, manic drums and the odd bit of tamborine thrown in for good measure, you cannot ignore these guys.

  
  

But the thing is, there are only so many times you can put the same song on the one album. I know it's a gathering of remixes from the band's other releases, but really ... 'Black History Month' four times? That's just getting silly.

  
  

Granted, every version sounds vastly different from all the others. For example, in the Braxe and Falke remix you've got an odd coupling of electro punk crossed with a disco dancefloor, while Josh Homme takes a decidedly more subtle, echoey and (dare I say it) slightly whingy approach. It's not that the remixes sounds bad - far from it. It's just that there are too many of them.

  
  

It starts well - I was impressed with La Peste's take on 'Better Off Dead' and the Justice remix of 'Blood on our Hands'. And while it can't be said that the rest of the album goes horribly downhill from there, it just sort of starts dragging itself along. To be honest, by the time I heard the line "do you remember a time when the city was a great place for architects and ..." I was rolling my eyes going 'blahblahblah'.

  
  

Ok, maybe I've missed the point of the album. After all, each song does sound different. But eating a different flavour pie everyday doesn't mean you're not going to get sick of pies by the middle of next week (and hell, you'll probably end up with heart disease). If you're into remixes and want to get some hints on how to do it well, Romance Bloody Romance is a damn good investment. But if you just want to listen to more of those kooky sounds from Death From Above 1979 -- it's not.

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