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Seminal Mariah moments,
This review is from: The Remixes (Audio CD)
What a treat this one is!!! Released by Mariah's old label Sony what could so easily have been merely another cash in album becomes an essential purchase as Mariah herself, Virgin and Def Jam worked together to present an overview of her whole career right up to Through The Rain and The One. Encompassing track from 1991-2003 its perfect both for reviving memories of days gone by and a great introduction for new fans who want to look beyond the studio albums. What few people seem to realise is that Mariah has been a true innovator in the dance, pop and hip-hop field. Most artist simply release the same vocal track over a mundane souped up dance beat with no heart or imagination. Mariah's instead demonstrates the musical ability which has seen her co-write and produce everything she's ever recorded. Working with dance producers like David Morales and Junior or rap producers like Jermaine Dupri she crafts an entirely new piece of music often with re-written lyrics or a new vocal melody to create a track which is often entirely different song with only the title in common.
On the best of the dance remixes on CD 1 such as Honey, My all and the seminal Dreamlover remix the resung vocals, mixing gospel with disco create a piece of work which is aware of the dsemands of the dance floor but without losing the heart or meaning of the song underneath the groove. Most of these tracks are extended club mixes perfect for both the disco and dancing around the living room!!!
CD 2 takes us on a very different journey through Mariah's rap remixes. Again the lyrics are often re-sung and re-written. Listening back to 1995's Fantasy remix with ODB it may not sound revolutionary now. But back in the day this kind of collaboration between a pop diva and rap superstar was unthinkable. Given that the likes of Beyonce, Ashanti, jennifer Lopez and many others have build a career out of this very sound its well worth listening back to the original and best. One listen to the Thank God I Found You, My All and Honey remixes its clear why Mariah was both the major influence on the current pop/rap scene and why with her incomparable vocal range the others can only ever be imitators! The brand new The One remix unavaliable in the UK until now, is at once a new piece of work, taking a track from her current album Charmbracelet and a refreshing reminder of days gone by with its new-jill swing influences. Sony have also in included the likes of the lost gem Breakdown, the heartfelt Crybaby and funky and infuriatingly catchy Miss You, album tracks in a similar vein to the rap remixes with star collaborators as well as the hit of the summer- I Know what you want.
After so many remix albums recently by artists with little music history to draw on its refreshing to hear a compilation with a wealth of material over more than a decade to draw from. With a range and power which puts today's bland, feeble voiced 'divas' to shame and a collection of songs strong enough to have been singles in their own right you won't be disappointed with this album! Indeed some of these tracks are stronger than the actual single released so whatever you think you know about Mairah throw it out the window and embrace a collection which highlights seminal tracks which have influenced an entire generation!