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Morgan Page

Elevate

(Nettwerk; US: 25 Mar 2008; UK: 14 Apr 2008)

The generically-titled Elevate is a bit of a hodgepodge, supplementing an array of Page remixes with a few original tracks. But the Vermont native acquits himself pretty well. Tackling a variety of material, Page makes it all over in his clean-cut, danceable, contemporary house style. The result is pretty cohesive. Leigh Nash, former singer with Sixpence None the Richer, coexists with a compulsive mix of Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater”, though not even Page can make Delerium’s pseudo-Catholic wailing sound up-to-date. He does, however, turn California indie-poppers the Submarines’ already-charming “Peace and Hate” into a minor technopop classic. Unfortunately, Page’s best-known mix, a take on Stevie Nicks’ “Stand Back”, isn’t here. But his originals aren’t half bad. Imagine Nicks’ voice instead of Lissie’s fronting single “The Longest Road”, and it’s a smash. If you like a good beat without a lot of cheese, but all that weird techno stuff turns you off, you’ve got a winner here.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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