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Tear It Down

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Tear It Down
📅 Released6 March 2007
⏳ Length67:59
🏷️ LabelAsthmatic Kitty
My Brightest Diamond chronology
Bring Me the Workhorse
Tear It Down
A Thousand Shark's Teeth

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Tear It Down is the first remix album from the American rock group My Brightest Diamond.


The thirteen-track album was released on compact disc and digital download with Asthmatic Kitty, on 6 March 2007. Tear It Down features remixed versions of songs from My Brightest Diamond's previous album, Bring Me the Workhorse.[1] The remixes where made by obscure collaborators of Worden, and by MySpace friends.[2] In an interview with Brightest Young Things, Worden says "I had produced Bring Me the Workhorse myself, and felt interested in hearing how some electronically minded folks would deal with the songs, how that would affect the feelings in the lyrics, and how taking the songs out of a rock context would alter the impression of the material."[3] The title, Tear It Down comes from a line in the song "Freak Out."[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars
PopMatters6/10 stars

A review from AllMusic says the Tear It Down "turns over Bring Me the Workhorse's tracks to sonic manipulators, most of whom go with a subtle, stripped-down approach that focuses on Worden's glorious voice and string arrangements, augmented by a few abstract beats," and closes with noting "like most remix albums, Tear It Down is a little uneven, but it's more solidly entertaining than many similar projects -- and at the very least, it offers My Brightest Diamond fans a fresh way to enjoy Worden's work."[5] A mixed review by PopMatters notes that the album "doesn't totally fail as a cohesive unit is a testament, primarily, to Shara Worden's distinctive voice; but it's also a measure of the invasiveness (or lack thereof) of the remixes themselves."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Golden Star"Alias3:20
3."Freak Out (Panique mix)"Gold Chains5:47
6."Magic Rabbit"Alfred Brown5:24
7."Freak Out (REWIND 93 REMIX)"DJ Kenny Mitchell feat. Nimnomadic7:11
8."We Were Sparkling"Haruki3:09
9."Something of an End"David Keith6:04
10."Gone Away"David Michael Stith5:46
11."The Good and the Bad Guy"Siamese Sisters6:42
12."Gone Away"Strings of Consciousness3:42
13."Disappear (Wheat to Whiskey mix)"Cedar AV6:16
Total length:67:59


  • Legetic, Svetlana (11 December 2008), "Don't Miss: My Brightest Diamond", Brightest Young Things, retrieved 10 April 2019
  • Phares, Heather (2007), "My Brightest Diamond Tear It Down AllMusic review", AllMusic, retrieved 10 April 2019
  • Pitchfork Staff (3 November 2008), "My Brightest Diamond Releases Series of Remix EPs", Pitchfork, retrieved 10 April 2019
  • Raper, Dan (5 March 2007), "My Brightest Diamond: Tear It Down", PopMatters, retrieved 10 April 2019
  • Stereogum Staff (1 February 2007), "New My Brightest Diamond – "Freak Out (Gold Chains Remix)"", Stereogum, retrieved 10 April 2019

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