When a band decides to make a musical overhaul, it can either be a welcomed move by their fanbase or one that completely divides the same. A polarizing band from day one, Superchick has seemingly chosen to undertake one of these actions in the form of appropriately-titled Reinvention. Comprised of nine remixed songs from all four previous studio albums, plus three all-new tracks exclusive to this release, it's for the most part a rewarding listen through and through.
The remixes Superchick present here are more-or-less a hit-and-miss concept. With four songs from Rock What You Got, three from Beauty From Pain, one from Last One Picked, and one from Karaoke Superstars, it's a decent mix of past and present material. "Pure" feels a little too much like the original, while others just don't make much of an improvement ("Bowling Ball," "Wishes"). On the other hand, while Reinvention probably hones too much on their most recent studio release Rock What You Got, the remixes of its tracks are superior to the originals, revealing a large asset for Reinvention upfront. While the somewhat weak lyrical quality of the tracks is still present, the music behind it is a definite improvement. The best, and most fun, remix of the bunch is that of "Karaoke Superstars," begging for loud play with the windows down in your car. The remixes as a whole are definitely a mature step in the right direction for Superchick, and anticipation for their next studio record of all-new material is high as a result.
The completely new material isn't too shabby, either. "Still Here" feels a little too average by Superchick standards, but the other two don't suffer from this problem. "With You" (performed solely by lead singer Tricia Brock) is a pleasant contrast to the rest of the record with its solo acoustic guitar sound, though the song is far too short in length. But the best track on the album by far is "Let It Roll," featuring bassist Matt Dally on lead vocals. Refreshingly forsaking his poor rapping from the previous remix record (Regeneration), Dally brings forth an accomplished song with a catchy beat and excellent message of maintaining self-control.
Fans of the band should certainly make an investment in Reinvention, and even those jaded by Superchick in the past wouldn't make a bad choice in the album either. It's a welcomed addition to Superchick's catalog, and while there are more than a few noticeable issues one cannot ignore, it's in the end a better remix album than Regeneration. If this is the direction that Superchick is deciding to take their sound, the veteran band's future is looking quite bright.- Review date: 4/18/10, written by Roger Gelwicks of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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