Various Artists

Welcome to the Machine: The Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd

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An electronic tribute album to Pink Floyd isn't a bad idea, since the head-swimming quality of the group's music is so often a prime mover in electronica. However, the talent assembled for this Vitamin production is average at best, and too often relies on a restatement of the original song to achieve bliss, without employing available electronic trickery to suggest anything new. Alex Xenophon is the main offender here, offering two versions of "Comfortably Numb" (slow and fast, natch), and a take on "The Wall." All three songs feature cloying, overdone vocals that suggest The Simpsons' Mr. Burns singing at the world's worst karaoke bar. Only Motor Industries rises to the task, giving "Is There Anybody Out There?" a cool, retooled, new wave groove. The collective also renders "Time" as a drifting cocktail of 10cc and dub, referencing the clouds in Pink Floyd's head while creating a few of its own.

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