Song of the Day 9/8/08: Tokyo Police Club - Juno (Ra Ra Riot / Andrew Maury Remix)
I admire any rework that naturalizes the original material, making it seem somehow more comfortable in its own skin – mashups that are greater than the sum of their parts, covers which exalt a modest original, and remixes that shift and settle the key elements of a track into a more natural position. The latter is the case with Ra Ra Riot's take on "Juno." The slightest Eastern string medley takes the edge off of Tokyo Police Club's trademark crass presentation, softening up Dave Monks' lyrics the way his pitch-wayward voice stubbornly (endearingly) refuses to. We love T.P.C.'s take on rough, lightning-speed pop, but this one's proof that a little lushness could broaden their scope.
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