Disc One’s retrospective displays what made the Plan so incredible in the first place: air-tight melodies, searing hooks, mercurial vocals delivering sharp lyrical narratives and drum work that’s as muscular as 100 nail guns performing the Art Blakey catalog. On the remix disc, fans digitally dismember these same tracks, rendering them nearly unrecognizable. Spastic punk and minor-key pathos become spooky dub, silicon-sputtering acid-jazz or the occasional laptop meltdown. The reconfiguration of “Superpowers,” however, is one of few to retain the feel of the original. Fusing a bare vocal track to an acoustic guitar sample (The Faces’ “Ooh La La,” perhaps?), this intimate synth-pop anthem is transformed into a bohemian folk ballad.
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