Release Date: Mar 11, 2008
Record label: Nettwerk
It's hard to figure out what's more delicious, the idea of Junkie XL being the flagship artist of Artwerk -- the label launched by video game giant Electronic Arts -- or the shameless cover of "Cities in Dust" included on Booming Back at You, the dance producer's debut for the label. The latter takes Siouxsie and the Banshees' goth rock tale of ancient Pompeii residents being smothered in lava and turns it into a whip-cracking floor-filler with a booming drumbeat and vocalist Lauren Rocket replacing Siouxsie's ironic "my friend" with a kick-ass "yeah!" If that sounds dreadful, you probably won't like the other highlight with Rocket, "More," where the singer rallies all hedonists with "Rock more/Roll more/Fuck more/Pac-Man is loving it. " Musically, Junkie is as reliable and unoriginal as a video game music composer should be, as he skillfully brings a world where big beat never died into the modern age where the revivalist electro of Benny Benassi and such reigns supreme.