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Mirror's Edge: Still Alive - The Remixes
featuring Lisa Miskovsky

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Mirror's Edge: Still Alive - The Remixes (Soundtrack) featuring Lisa Miskovsky

Mirror's Edge: Still Alive - The Remixes
Composed featuring Lisa Miskovsky
Promo Release (2008)

Rating: 5/10

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“The ethereal appeal of the "original" piece "Shine" still remains the most satisfying iteration of this infectious music but the steps taken to bring this song to the mainstream has been done fairly well. The essence of the piece is certainly maintained in the Lisa Miskovsky's vocal version and while the remixes tread on the core trait of the piece, (one of "freedom" or "flying") these mixes will certainly make the song embraceable by a much larger audience.”

Transformed Reflections
Review by Christopher Coleman

MIRROR'S EDGE is a pretty special video game. Along with the hyper-real visuals and non-violent slant, the game has received much buzz in regards to its music. The first teaser trailer offered most their first glimpse into the red, white, yellow and cyan world of Faith, the free-running messenger. The sense of free-flight and awe that oozed out of the trailers was, in no small part, due to the music chosen to undergird the images. Savvy netters quickly found this mesmerizing chill-out track on Imeem entitled "Shine" by some enigmatic entity called ALCORUS. EA and Dice quickly denied that this was the song being used in the trailer and that it was a piece created by their chosen score composer (who turns out to be Magnus Birgersson/ Solar Fields). Well, despite the denial, aside from very minor differences, the two songs were a "mirror" of one another. Not long after, in response to all of the discussion board buzz over this music, EA and Dice released a few low-bitrate remixes of this new Mirror's Edge theme.  Subsequent trailer releases would feature even more variations on this single theme; one of them introducing some intriguing, Imogen-Heap-like vocals. It was clear that there was some mass value to song that needed to be capitalized upon. Shortly before the release of the MIRROR'S EDGE on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC, EA announced there would be a release of the title track now entitled "Still Alive" with vocals by LISA MISKOVSKY. In addition to the straight, vocal version, the release would feature a number of remixes.

About the time "house" music started to really become popular, circa 1990, my days as a deejay were coming to a close; however, "remixes" had already been around for the better part of a decade. As I progress in years, the fancy transformations, edits, filters, modulations, and other electronic torture chambers that producers can put original music through is losing its appeal for me. While I marvel at the technology and skill, I'm looking for things to be made simpler, not more complex. That said, in moderation, remixes can still be a lot of fun. STILL ALIVE: THE REMIXES starts off with the original track, of course, and is easily my favorite of the bunch. Oh the joys of simplicity. Taking the original piano hook and rhythm from the mysterious ALCORUS, LISA MISKOVSKY adds her appropriate lyrics and youthful vocals. Perhaps her background as a one-time member of the Swedish Snowboarding Team helped her to express the "freedom vibe" of the music through her lyrics and vocals as well.

The remaining tracks are all distinct remixes that vary enough in texture to avoid listener fatigue. These remixes are in the classic sense of word: taking and modifying existing material and adding countless new instruments, synths, and processes. A couple of them even hearken back to the days of 12 inch single with multiple versions of just one song...many of mixes passing the 8 minute mark. In this case, we have two that do just that: Still Alive: The Benny Benassi Mix (2) and Still Alive: Paul Van Dyk Mix 4). As I mentioned earlier, I was diving out of the popular music scene as "house" or "club" music was fast rising...and one reason for that was because the recycled, pulsing disco-dance beat from the 70s never appealed to me. Even though almost two decades have passed, my feeling about that particular rhythm has not changed and so each of the tracks displaying that quick-tempo-monotony does not fair as well in my ears. The Benny Benassi Mix (2), Paul Van Dyk Mix (4) and Armand Van Helden Mix (6) all fall into this category. There are a couple remixes that do; however, stand out in a postively, retro way. Junkie XL Mix (3) with its Frou Frou-like playful beginning and 90s club beat is a refreshing change of pace. Junkie XL is able to "stay closer to home" with the original piece while adding enough "junk" to give it a fresh and upbeat vibe. Likewise track 5, Teddybears Mix, is a positive change up. Since I've well established my age in this review, I can say with ease that this mix is strong call back to Toni Basil's "Mickey" from 1982. This teeny-bopper, 80s hit is certainly not a song I ever thought could be melded with the ethereal "Still Alive," but somehow producer Jocke Ahlund pulls it off.

The convergence of media industries continues. We've seen movies and games merging more and more and now we same video games and the mainline music scene shaking hands. MIRROR'S EDGE's STILL ALIVE: THE REMIXES may be the most promoted single to be spawned from a video game to date. And it's likely to continue. While clubs make good use of this release, gamers and soundtrack-hounds will have to be satisfied with these remixes until a release of MAGNUS BIRGERSSON/ SOLAR FIELDS original score slides into our reach.  The ethereal appeal of the "original" piece "Shine" still remains the most satisfying iteration of this infectious music but the steps taken to bring this song to the mainstream has been done fairly well.  The essence of the piece is certainly maintained in the Lisa Miskovsky's vocal version and while the remixes tread on the core trait of the
song, (one of "freedom" or "flying") these mixes will certainly make the song embraceable by a much larger audience.

NOTE: This review is focused on the the promo-release of these remixes. the official MP3 release from Amazon.com offers a few alternative tracks which appear to only shorter, radio edits of some of the longer mixes, plus a couple variations on the vocal theme.  Clearly, these tracks were made to be radio-friendly and to push the number of tracks up to eleven - making the $8.99 price tag a bit more bearable.
 

Rating: 5/10

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Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Still Alive - The Theme From Mirror's Edge 4:18  ****
2 Still Alive - Benny Benassi Mix 8:28  **
3 Still Alive - Junkie XL Mix 4:38  ****
4 Still Alive - Paul Van Dyk Mix 9:34  **
5 Still Alive - Teddybears Mix 4:37  ***
6 Still Alive - Armand Van Helden Mix 5:23  **
  Total Running Time (approx) 37 minutes  


 
   

 

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