ReMix: EarthBound 'Home Again'
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It's been a very long time indeed since Mr. North graced our pages, but after a multi-year hiatus he too has submitted something new, or relatively new, from the still-quite-popular Bound Together Earthbound project. Dale writes:
""Home Again" is something I slapped together at the last minute for Joe Cam's Bound Together. Pollyanna is a song I never wanted to tackle. Anyway, this was fun. I threw in a surprise and made sure it was loud as hell for surprise effect."
Even if it was "slapped together" for Bound Together, and the ReMixer was reluctant about the source material, the end result is an R+B ballad that sounds pretty pro, and pretty pretty. Acoustic piano, guitar, warm but unobtrusive pads, cymbal-heavy percussion, bells, and oboe round out the instrumentation, but the big surprise is that Dale finally busts out his velvety-smooth vocal chops in a game mix at 2'22", with background choral work joining in for the full effect. The lyrics are taken from the first verse of "Pollyanna (I Believe in You)", originally performed by Catherine Warwick for the 1989 Mother arrange album. I'd heard Dale sing on some originals of his a long time ago and wondered why on earth he hadn't applied his vocal abilities to his game arrangement work; it's good to see he's finally decided to do so. In fact, I'd say the only beef I have with this mix is that it's rather odd for a piece that's only 3'21" long to have the vocals come in with only a minute left over. Clearly Dale wanted the singing to be something of a surprise, but the logical intro point for a vocal would have been a minute earlier, in place of the oboe. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely oboe part, but I'd prefer to have seen Dale do a bona fide vocal mix as opposed to an instrumental with a vocal passage, however good that passage may be. Hopefully, if this piece is well received, he'll consider doing just that in the future, and submitting it as well. Regardless, this is a lovely piece that takes R+B arranging into the more inspirational, contemporary/spiritual direction than anything I can think of. Generally, that's really not a genre of music I can get into very much at all, but Dale's performance and arrangement abilities make this both accessible and memorable.
Still amazing either way.
- Snow Taradien on April 7, 2012
- NegimaSonic on March 28, 2011
- Shadowsoul on February 6, 2011
StarBLaSt;662910 wrote: This is my favorite remix of all time.
Yeah, I'm inclined to agree with this :D
- Cody Wedel on February 5, 2011
- mjwes on February 5, 2011
- WesternZypher on December 25, 2010
- Sir Miles on October 15, 2010
- MechaFone on May 28, 2010
- StarBLaSt on April 3, 2010
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The source material is my favorite song of all time. It just seems to be so much more than generic game music. That said, this remix stays so beautifully true and a piece that really just needs to be played. I've had this track on my ipod sense it was released and thanks to it I can now sing the first verse to the song as well! 10/10 - My favorite mix on the site.
- SChepulis on March 4, 2010
Take that for what it's worth lol
- Monobrow on February 17, 2010
This reminds me of something I might here on St. Valentine's Day.
It's just so sweetly heartwarming. Also North's vocals are Amazing.
I can't really think of much criticism for it, it's just so... so... innocent.
Simply, just go listen to it; it really is astounding.
- 42 on December 27, 2009
- PROTO·DOME on September 20, 2009
Anyway, enough about the actual source tune, onto the mix.
I disagree with absolutely everyone saying that the vocals should come in earlier or get extended a little more. For me, that wpuld ruin the whole point of the mix. The vocals are the final burst of all the good and warmness that the track (and the album) represents, and to play that burst too long would take from its effectiveness. For me it is the highest peak of a pretty stellar rendition of the theme, and that's because it was an exclamation point to the mix as a whole. Brief but brilliant.
There is a boy-band sunny ballad vibe with the mix, which usually conjures connotations of overproduced mainstream junk. But quite the opposite, despite having that sort of sound, there's a nice restraint here. Things sound clean but not glossy, sweet but not sickly. Basically, if boybands sounded more like this, I wouldn't have as much against them.
As far as doing one of my favourite game tracks justice, I consider this a huge success. As far as creating a great sounding standalone track and a resonant finale for a project album, it's an even bigger success. Very lovable stuff.
- Marmiduke on September 20, 2009
- rainmanbk on December 23, 2008