Apoptygma Berzerk – You And Me Against The World (2021 Remaster)

Apoptygma Berzerk - You And Me Against The World (2021 Remaster)

Album facts

Release: July 23th, 2021
Label: Tatra Records
Genre: , , , ,
Discogs: Apoptygma Berzerk – You And Me Against The World
Partially sounds like: De/Vision, Mesh, VNV Nation

Quick rating: 4.74 ★★★

My mind and heart against remaster versions

The album 'You And Me Against The World' by 'Apoptygma Berzerk' is one of my biggest all-time favour­ite albums as I men­tioned in the art­icle 'What is the best Apoptygma Bezerk album ever?'. Without much expect­a­tion I bought the album in 2005 as lim­ited digi­pak edi­tion and it got me com­pletely addicted. I can sing along to every damn lyr­ic (in every pos­sible condition).

So I was all the more excited when I heard that there was going to be a remas­ter ver­sion. I'm always very scep­tic­al about remas­ter ver­sions. You blow some dust off the tracks, put some unin­spired remix ver­sion on top and boom the cash register rings. The ques­tion was: "Would I believe that Apop would have such a per­fi­di­ous way of mak­ing money?". I have to admit, I was unsure. For a short time I also con­sidered wheth­er a review would make sense, but I'll leave it at a Radar here, since the major­ity of my read­ers should know the album. If you don't, I'll ban you right here (wink smiley).

Let's start with the usual suspects

I'll start roughly with the songs that were already on the ori­gin­al ver­sion of 'You And Me Against The World'. And again, a ques­tion comes to mind: "Is it pos­sible to make an almost per­fect album even bet­ter?". God f**king damn it, yes it can!

It's like fant­ast­ic magic! I have the same feel­ing as when I first heard the album. The songs are all famil­i­ar to me, but each song has been giv­en a dis­tinctly aud­ible upgrade without sound­ing really dif­fer­ent. It's still the same songs, but the synths, effects and sounds are much more clearly worked out and pol­ished. Each song gets more char­ac­ter and stands out a bit more from the oth­ers. The dynam­ics are much more clearly aud­ible between each indi­vidu­al sound. Here and there, subtle new sounds and effects have been added, but really only very dis­creetly. In prin­ciple, we are talk­ing about glossy music­al por­no­graphy!

From my heart to your ears
Transforming words to tears
Lyrics from ‘Lost In Translation’ by ‘Apoptygma Berzerk’

I am com­pletely over­whelmed with joy over this remas­ter to put my feel­ings into words, so I am sorry in advance if what I have writ­ten here sounds a bit weird. In short, the remas­ter ver­sions are pure music­al heav­en and have com­pletely turned my view of remas­ter ver­sions upside down.

The supporting actors against the world

New on the album track list is 'Black Pawn'. The track was ori­gin­ally the b‑side of the single from 'Shine On'. Here I can hardly hear any changes to the ori­gin­al. Anyway, I really like the track and it also fits smoothly into the over­all pic­ture of the album 'You And Me Against The World'. The second b‑side is 'Faceless Fear' taken from the single 'In This Together'. This song was already re-released in 2020 on the EP 'Faceless Fear (B‑Sides & Rarities)'. Furthermore, the two tracks 'Shine On' and 'Is Electric Love To Blame?' can be found on the remas­ter edi­tion. In 2005, these were exclus­ively included on the lim­ited digi­pak edi­tion.

It makes no sense
we won't connect
The more I push the more you reject
Lyrics from ‘Tuning In To The Frequency Of Your Soul’ by ‘Apoptygma Berzerk’

The remix ver­sions of 'Lost In Translation (Sweep Remix)', 'You Keep Me From Breaking Apart (…According To Phillip Remix)', 'Black Pawn (Elec This! Remix)' and 'In This Together (Voltage Controlled Music Remix)' are unfor­tu­nately not new ver­sions either. Those who own the Digipak singles of 'In This Together', 'Shine On' and 'Love To Blame' already have these ver­sions in their CD cup­board. The remix ver­sions of the tracks are still very good, except for the 'Elec This! Remix'. It sounds a bit too stuffed and like a sound car­pet to me.

Yes! Buy! Now!

A must-buy for Apop fans as a remastered edi­tion. It's really worth redis­cov­er­ing the old tunes. I would have liked to see one or two unre­leased tracks instead of the remix ver­sions. Of course I don't know if there are any, but the thought of it makes my heart beat faster. If there really is someone out there who doesn't own this Future Pop / Synth Pop pearl by 'Apoptygma Berzerk' yet, then this is the best oppor­tun­ity to get a jew­el for your own collection.

Tracklist of 'You And Me Against The World (2021 Remaster)'

  1. Tuning In Again (Intro)
  2. In This Together
  3. Love To Blame
  4. Black Pawn
  5. You Keep Me From Breaking Apart
  6. Cambodia
  7. Back On Track
  8. Tuning In To The Frequency Of Your Soul
  9. Mercy Kill
  10. Lost In Translation
  11. Into the Unknown
  12. Maze
  13. Faceless Fear
  14. Shine on
  15. Is Electronic Love To blame?
  16. Lost In Translation (Sweep Remix)
  17. You Keep Me From Breaking Apart (…According to Phillip Remix)
  18. Black Pawn (Elec This! Remix)
  19. In This Together (Voltage Controlled Music Remix)

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