Label: Buddhist Army - BA-1002 • Format: 2x, CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic • Style: Nu-Disco, Disco
The group's self-titled debut contained reinterpretations but not straight-ahead covers of a few songs that are familiar to Russell 's cult audience, as well as several previously unheard Russell compositions. Second Thoughts is the ensemble's second album, Have I Sinned - Gregory Isaacs - Open The Door it offers multiple mixes of seven Russell compositions, mirroring his predilection for endlessly re-recording his songs, never settling on a mix or version as the definitive one.
Alkalino provides another one of the collection's highlights with a nine-minute mix of the previously unheard "List of Boys," marrying a beat reminiscent of early-'90s garage-house with unpredictable vocals, dubby effects, List of Boys [Pocketknife Mix] - Arthurs Landing - Second Thoughts tasteful, understated guitar. Disco producer Bob Blankwho worked on a few singles with Russellcontributes a surprisingly stripped-down mix of "Lost in Thought," while Drop Out Orchestra offer a more lush disco-tinged mix.
Love Is Overtaking Me highlight "Planted a Thought" is given no less than three disco revamps here, with Moplen 's mix coming closest to what the song would sound like if Russell had actually recorded it as a disco tune. Andrew Clarke 's nearly instrumental tech-house dub simply doesn't have the same effect. Indeed, the more the collection tries to sound contemporary, the more it fails, with Cooked Audio 's attempt to turn "It's a Boy" into big-room electro-house being the worst offender. Arthur Russell 's brand of introverted bedroom disco set the stage for house and garage in the early '80s, but it simply does not translate as EDM.
Standard Planets ' chillwave-leaning take on "Dumbo Dumbo" fares better. As expected of any collection of remixes, Second List of Boys [Pocketknife Mix] - Arthurs Landing - Second Thoughts is patchy and inconsistent, and absolutely nothing will ever be able to top the brilliance of Arthur Russell 's original recordings. This is probably why Arthur's Landing primarily record unreleased Russell compositions, and on their best efforts, his spirit shines through.
Energetic Happy I Got Over Love - Major Harris - Jealousy. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Avant-Garde. Styles Alternative Dance Experimental. Track Listing - Disc 1. Planted a Thought [Moplen Mix]. Arthur's Landing. Lost in Thought [Bob Blank Mix]. Dumbo Dumbo [Pocketknife Mix]. It's a Boy [Alkalino Mix]. Tell You Today [Alkalino Mix]. List of Boys [Alkalino Mix].
Track Listing - Disc 2. It's a Boy [Cooked Audio Mix]. List of Boys [Pocketknife Mix]. Tell You Today [Pocketknife Mix]. Planted a Thought [Alkalino Mix]. Dumbo Dumbo [Standard Planets Mix].
Change My Live [Hugoy Mix]. Planted a Thought [Andew Clarke Mix].
II - Anne Queffélec, Catherine Collard - Erik Satie - Œuvres Pour Piano, Black Velvet - Swell Maps - Train Out Of It, Up In The Mountains (LP Version) - 2 Black 2 Strong MMG - Up In The Mountains / Ghetto Blaster, Flight 76 - Backdoor Band - Non-Stop Dancing