The Eraser Rmxs

Thom Yorke

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The Eraser Rmxs Review

by Andy Kellman

Collecting the remixes made available previously on 12" and through downloads, The Eraser Rmxs features eight of The Eraser's nine songs -- no one takes a stab at "The Eraser" itself -- in alternate form, while Cristian Vogel gets two turns at "Black Swan." Vogel's "Spare Parts Remix" teases out bristles and clanks, while his "Bonus Beat Eraser Mix" is centered around a contorting bassline funneled through hollow tubing. "It Rained All Night," the natural pick (title-wise, at least) for dubstepper Burial, didn't require much tweaking to sound almost exactly like a production off Untrue, with Yorke's voice made distant, wrapped around the same female voice heard in "Etched Headplate." The Field contributes another highlight, similarly converting "Cymbal Rush" into something that could pass as an original production -- racing ambient techno full of gentle palpitations. A fine companion to the album, and the similar artwork/layout (with a gold cover) is a nice extra touch.

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