Album Review: We Are Proud Of Our Choices by Ewan Pearson
Very Good, Based on 4 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
This is Kompakt’s tenth DJ mix and Ewan Pearson's third, following contributions to the Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi and Fabric series. While Pearson would likely be flattered to be told that this disc resembles a hybrid of Michael Mayer's Immer (stern, dramatic; Joy Division) and Triple R's Friends (comparatively brighter and outgoing; New Order), he might also find the description a little limiting. Those mixes were, after all, released eight years ago, and the selections here are up to date and more varied sonically, presented in a manner that condenses a several-hour DJ set into 75 minutes.
Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, the Rapture, Tracey Thorn: Ewan Pearson has been courted by a rather mainstream client list for a guy knee-deep in the underground. For nearly a decade, Pearson has lent his considerable talents as a producer to both crossover dance-rock stars and folks who predate the rave era entirely. Perhaps these musicians, who live between pop and club life, are drawn to someone who gushes over Radiohead and St.
While the world and her husband have lots of fresh and exciting opinions about the changing nature of the music industry in the face of technological leaps, these opinions tend to be put into equally fresh and exciting thinkpieces. Reviews, however, are a different matter: to read 99.9% of them is to block out, for a few minutes, the possibility of acquiring music via the internet. Which is basically how it should be.
Demonstrates to the world that he is a man of excellent taste. Tom Hocknell 2010 Given that most genres of music are rife with songs lamenting wrong turns made or opportunities missed, the title We Are Proud of Our Choices, taken from an old socialist youth hymn, stands tall. Ewan Pearson has been steadily making a name for himself, at least with those who read inlay sleeves, with production credits on Tracey Thorn’s 2007 sublime solo album, Out of the Woods, as well as the recent Delphic long-player.