Album: Elton John vs Pnau, Good Morning to the Night (Mercury)


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Remix albums are usually tedious affairs simply involving the fitting of more contemporary rhythm undercarriages to tracks that don't need them.

But Good Morning to the Night is much closer to a wholesale reinvention. Aussie duo Pnau were given free access to Elton John's master tapes, and set about recombining a vocal phrase from here, a piano part from there, a guitar break from elsewhere.

The results here are surprisingly congenial, their sparkle only slightly subdued by the breathy reverb that swathes everything in a sonic dust entirely appropriate to the 1970s source.

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