While working in disparate genres, the Books and Scott Herren share a bit too much in common in the process department of their glitch leanings to augur anything truly revelatory out of this one-way collaboration. No less pleasant for the obviousness of its execution, this is a brief "read" that only offers a few standout chapters.
Listening to the results here, the simpatico between these dual forerunners of modern pop-glitch is evident, but Prefuse 73 is too tight and perhaps too careful with his source material to do anything unexpected. The lack of verve or nerve with the programming here only leads to new sonic juxtapositions--no transformations, and nothing with the inherent playful humor of The Books LPs. For one, "Pagina Cinco" is no more than the sum total of its sources from "The Lemon of Pink". Herren even retreats to the sound of his Savath and Savalas project with "Pagina Ocho", enlisting one of his vocalist collaborators for another non-starter of a track.
That being said, three tracks exhibit direction and energy. "Pagina Tres" is a short burner with some vintage Prefuse melancholic funk, and "Pagina Seis" is a strong longer piece. I also dig the interplay between the freshly chopped vocal & banjo samples and the beat clip on "Pagina Dos". Despite these standouts, this reading can't be recommended to anyone but Books diehards.