Thirlwell has turned the idea of the remix album on its head. To regard Vein as purely a remix album is to underestimate its intentions and ambitions. This is not Love remixed, it is Love fractured and reimagined by some of today's most notable artists, including Fennesz, Mike Patton, Jason Forrest, Tom Recchion, Matmos, and more. It is an immersive, powerful, and sometimes harrowing journey through sound and emotion. Vein was two years in the making, strewn with tears, joy, and casualties.