Erasure

Am I Right?

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Separate from the actual Am I Right? EP itself, this pleasant release collects new mixes and alternate versions of tracks from Chorus, often with great results. Noted techno act the Grid gets its hands into "Am I Right?" itself for the leadoff track, adding some extra atmospheric synth lines and harder-edged electronic crunch; it's not a notable revision from the original otherwise, but still has a certain something. Mark Saunders, a regular studio compatriot of the band's, handles the LFO Modulated Filter mix of "Love to Hate You." The name's a touch misleading in that neither of the LFO duo actually appear on the track, but as a further pumping up of the arena-synth atmosphere of the original, it's a winner. The best mix of the bunch follows, with none other than Moby, in one of his earliest outside commissions, creating the Vegan mix of "Chorus." He takes the track down to a fairly minimal garage-tinged chug, making Bell's lead vocal feel more naked and emotional as a result, then tops it off by adding his own vocals, softly spoken, at points, not to mention a sample or two from his own breakthrough single "Go." "Perfect Stranger" concludes the single in enjoyably unexpected fashion, being an acoustic version with Clarke on guitar, Bell on vocals, and barely anything else cropping up. It's a lovely performance, especially Clarke's fine playing.

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