Death From Above 1979, Romance Bloody Romance
This album of Death From Above remixes pulls and twists the Brooklyn band's songs putty-like in 13 different directions. Boston's La Peste ratchets up the agony, turning all knobs to 11 and reveling in the distortion. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme plays against type, turning "Black History Month" into an exercise in melancholia with eerie death-march drums and ghostly wisps of feedback. Sammy Danger turns the same song into a throbbing industrial workout perfect for dancefloor palm-staring, and Final Fantasy's "Girl On Girl" rendition garnishes it with strings and synths perfect for alt-rock radio airplay. Romance Bloody Romance is a thrilling clash of style vs. substance.