The best cuts honor Todd's classically-trained voice and organic lyrics. Nobody's take on “What if We Do?” stirs in sitar and Middle Eastern percussion, highlighting the shivers of new romance. Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello of Postal Service) subverts starkly acoustic “Deep at Sea” as a brooding digital document, stressing emotional pressure.
There are three versions of “My Room is White,” though one is enough: the prizewinner is Dungen's understated translation using floor toms, reverberating snares and filigreed guitar. Elsewhere, Rob Campanella's and Flying Lotus' contemptuous remixes disrespect Todd's talents and should have been left out.
There are three non-remix bonus tracks: Todd's loving cover of the Beatles' “Norwegian Wood” (a live favorite), and two new acoustic tunes, “Kokoro” and raga-inflected instrumental “Shikibu.”