Tron Legacy Soundtrack: R3C0NF1GUR3D-Review

From what I have gathered from internetz chatter and friendspeak, there are only two camps on Tron Legacy. You either LOVED it or thought it was a major letdown. It appears that this also went for the soundtrack. It seems that people were expecting another Discovery when it was announced that Daft Punk would be heading the Tron: Legacy score. It was quickly forgotten that this was to be a score and not a dance album. Well if the absolute beauty that was the Tron: Legacy score was not good enough for you, feast your ears
on Tron: Lecacy R3C0NF1GUR3D. Fifteen times over titles from the score reimagined and even the ones that fall a bit flat come in strong. The album is loaded with and handful of scene DJs packing the platter with ill sidechaining and dank ass synth layers. Mixed in are several classic heads as well.

The Glitch Mob comes out firing with a rebuild of
Derezzed, the score's bangingest track. Slowed down with thick, gaping drops, they set the tone for the rest of the album. M83 and Big Black Delta hook up and supply the collection's only original vocals on Fall. Old school sluggers Moby and The Crystal Method appear and fit in perfectly well next to the younger minds the likes of Boys Noize and Pretty Lights. By far, some of the most solid picks were Photek's take on End of Line and Kaskade's Rinzler. This version of Rinzler is shrouded in nostalgic full trance synths but backed by heavy modern kicks.

The only track that came up short was Paul Oakenfold's take on C.L.U. It sounds like he was asked to hop on the project but couldn't be bothered to commit fully to it. Feeling more like it has its place in a Need For Speed compilation, it thinly borrows from the track after which it was remixed. It then peters out with a distractingly sharp fade out. As classic boring Oakenfold as it is, its still hot in the meat of the track.

R3C0NF1GUR3D plays not like it is a rewiring of a previously cut record. It plays like a platter wrapped around a central theme that is supposed to be run in the chosen track order. As is expected, this is how all Daft Punk albums are built as well. So any gripes of Daft Punk coming up short on the score will be washed away with this remix album. And if anything, hopefully it will draw detractors back to the original score and help them love it for all of its awesomeness. Tron: Lecacy R3C0NF1GUR3D officially drops on April 5th.