La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Instead of releasing an album of brand-new material, Californian singer/songwriter Mia Doi Todd asked fellow Plug Research labelmates and other musicians to remix five songs from 2005's Manzanita two are included more than once, added four new songs, and put it all out as La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita. Todd's music, her clean soprano, and her thin instrumental arrangements lend themselves well to interpretation and interpolation, so overall the album is fairly successful. Apparently, "My Room Is White" was a particular favorite, as it was covered three times in three very different manners. Dungen's remix is haunting, drawing out the mystique in Todd's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Instead of releasing an album of brand-new material, Californian singer/songwriter Mia Doi Todd asked fellow Plug Research labelmates and other musicians to remix five songs from 2005's Manzanita two are included more than once, added four new songs, and put it all out as La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita. Todd's music, her clean soprano, and her thin instrumental arrangements lend themselves well to interpretation and interpolation, so overall the album is fairly successful. Apparently, "My Room Is White" was a particular favorite, as it was covered three times in three very different manners. Dungen's remix is haunting, drawing out the mystique in Todd's voice, while Reminder decided to stick with the sparseness of the original, adding only some light synthesizers and guitar. The "Flying Lotus" remix is the most drastically different version, adding a funkier lounge beat, distortion, and mixing the vocals to the point of incomprehensibility, but it works well and adds a lively touch to the record. Of course, there are a few pointless remixes that don't bring much to the originals Chessie's take on "Muscle, Blood & Bone," for example, preserves the austere simplicity of the version on Manzanita, but somehow, despite the additions of synths and drums, is fairly boring and drags on for its entire six minutes, but for the most part the producers are able to effectively explore their own personal preferences through the means of Todd's music. Her new material is nice, too. There are two synth-based tunes the remix of the lovely "Amor," and the closing track, a loping instrumental and two simple, pretty acoustic songs more in the vein of Manzanita, a cover of the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" which, besides switching genders, doesn't change much from the original, and "Kokoro," which seems very much inspired by Caetano Veloso's version of "Cucurrucucu Paloma," onomatopoeia and all. La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita is a nice collection of the possibilities of Todd's work and a promising sign for future releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Plug Research
  • UPC: 612651006722
  • Catalog Number: 67
  • Sales rank: 341,041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What If We Do? (3:56)
  2. 2 Amor (4:21)
  3. 3 Norwegian Wood (2:56)
  4. 4 My Room Is White (4:30)
  5. 5 Muscle, Bone & Blood (3:26)
  6. 6 Deep at Sea (3:43)
  7. 7 The Last Night of Winter (4:35)
  8. 8 My Room Is White (4:45)
  9. 9 My Room Is White (3:03)
  10. 10 Kokoro (4:43)
  11. 11 Muscle, Bone & Blood (6:09)
  12. 12 Shikibu (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mia Doi Todd Primary Artist
Rob Campanella Guitar, Mandolin
Andres Renteria Drums
Fredrik Björling Drums
Gustav Ejstes Organ
Reine Fiske Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Rob Campanella Remixing
Kirk Hellie Remixing
Mia Doi Todd Composer, Producer, Graphic Design, Audio Production
Jimmy Tamborello Remixing
Ben Bailes Remixing
Carlos Niño Remixing
Andres Renteria Remixing
Stephen Gardner Remixing
Fredrik Björling Remixing
Gustav Ejstes Remixing
Reine Fiske Remixing
Elvin Estela Remixing
Alfred Darlington Remixing
Steve Ellison Remixing
Mark Frosty McNeill Remixing, Re-arranged
Joshua Abrams Remixing
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