Various Artists

The Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd, Vol. 2

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Does Pink Floyd have that hungry of a fan base that they would demand two albums of electronica covers? Apparently they do, and so we get Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd, Vol. 2, a boring collection of darkwave, techno, and other musical forms that fit under the tag "electronic." So we get a trip-hop version of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," an electro industrial version of "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," and even an elevator music version of "Hey You." This last track, by the Galactic Achievement Society, is so unbelievably awful that it is hard to put into words. The need to remake songs is a disturbing trend in the recording industry, especially when indie labels like Vitamin are letting unknowns butcher some of the most important rock music ever written. If they did anything new or exciting with the music it wouldn't be a problem, but these are performed with a different set of instruments without doing anything different. The only song that sounds fresh is Motor Industries' take on "Time," which sounds like Daft Punk trying their hands at trip-hop. Don't avoid this out of rock guitar snobbery; it is always tempting to look down on the electronic music scene due to their lack of instruments. Instead, avoid this because of the futility of doing so little with a concept that could have produced some vastly superior results.

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