It's ironic that this is the cover artwork for Gaga's inevitable mutation-album "The Remix"; this "artful" cover art-version (which is only used in the UK, US and Poland) replaces a nude Lady Gaga covered in warning-stickers (when the songs presented here are in fact uncensored and her actual album Fame Monster -Deluxe-
, has removed words like b**ch). I think it's a shame we have to be so prude these days, she's not even using the f-word (and they could've slapped one of those atrocious warning labels on there). But on the subject of this album, this "lame" version is actually nicer to look at, and in my opinion a better representation of Lady Gaga.
Most of these remixes are forgetful at best, they deliver exactly what you'll expect; a different bass-hook on "Just Dance (Richard Vission Remix)", "Poker Face (LLG vs GLG Radio Mix Remix)" and "LoveGame (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix)" does not a new song make. If you're a DJ you can throw them out on the dancefloor and they will serve their purpose just fine; if you're having a big house party they'll keep the place thumping. But if you like to listen to your albums in private, maybe they're better suited for jogging sessions or all-nighters. "Alejandro (Sound Of Arrows Remix)" has some serious pacing issues in my opinion; that song's particular tempo and vocal delivery is not suited for an up-beat remix.
But there's hope! The best bits of this album are actually a really good complement to Gaga's "real" albums; "Paparazzi (Stuart Price Remix)" is an addictive and subtle remix, it lifts out and focuses on the vocals (while perhaps pitching them half an octave higher?), and that works in a beautiful way, paving a newfound respect for a song that was always good but never "wow". That's what a good remix ought to do; make people stop in their tracks and think "Wait, something's slightly different, but I can't quite put my finger on it". "LoveGame (Robots To Mars Remix)" is the most delightful surprise; a slow and super-mellow take on one of Gaga's sexiest and most blood-rousing dancefloor anthems. It'll give you a nice moment to breathe (even if the "disco stick"-lyric stands out like a sore thumb). "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) (Frankmuzik Remix)" does the exact opposite; takes a pretty pop song and turns it into a dark and powerful dance-rouser (with mixed results). And "Boys Boys Boys (Manhattan Clique Remix)" is a beautiful background-theme of sorts; it would just work much better as an instrumental without the chorus interrupting.
"Poker Face (Piano & Voice Version Live At The Cherrytree House Sessions)" is a nice way of showing Gaga's diversity as an artist; how she skews and transforms her songs with every live performance, but its inclusion on this album is a bit pointless (since there's already a Cherrytree Sessions
), and it breaks the flow faster than you can say "skip-button". I also find it funny how long she lingers on the "I'm marvelous"-part of it!
Overall, this is clearly for the hardcore little monsters out there, but I just happened to love the two great remixes ("Stuart Price" and "Robots To Mars") so much that I had to add this to my collection. This is a far better choice if you're looking for something to keep a constant tempo though.