I'm not normally the sort of person who's interested in remix albums; I just tend to stick to main releases. However, Kesha's music, with it's electro-pop sound, seemed a perfect fit for a remix album. Many of her tracks were already filled with high energy beats so I imagined that a remix album could easily pump them up into even more energetic, fun songs! Plus, the word "Dance" is in this title twice, so I imagined the remixes chosen for this album would be the best, most exciting versions possible - something truly dance-worthy! Let's find out if that came to pass...
"Blow (Cirkut Remix)" (5/5) - This remix is pretty good. It manages to maintain the high energy of the original version of the song while adding in a dubstep-style sound to keep things interesting. So, this album's off to a pretty good start...
"The Sleazy Remix" (5/5) - In case you don't recognize it, this is actually the same Sleazy remix ft. Andre 3000 off of the Deluxe 2 Disc Version of Animal + Cannibal (which came out before this album, if I'm not mistaken). It's a decent enough remix - Andre's verses add some interest (although his lyrics don't exactly relate to the original meaning of the song). I can't honestly say that they changed very much from the original version, though, but it's a decent alternative, so I can't complain.
"Tik Tok (Untold Remix)" (1/5) - This, in my opinion, is where things start going awry. It's like they sucked out all the energy from the original version. This remix is weird and choppy sounding, and constantly destroys whatever rhythm it managed to create over the course of the song. I definitely prefer the original version to this.
"F*** Him, He's a DJ" (5/5) - This song isn't actually a remix, but a whole new song, and it's great! I suppose it's only appropriate to have a DJ-themed song on a remix album (oh, and lest you think she's disrespecting this nonspecific DJ by saying "F*** him," I think she actually meant it literally...). Anyway, if you don't get anything else on this album, buy this song and add it to your Kesha playlist. It's a fun song and shouldn't be missed!
"Animal (Switch Remix)" (4/5) - This song wasn't really a good choice for a dance album since it was already a slower-type song. I do like the dubstep treatment they gave it, but it still isn't really dance-worthy. It's not bad, but really doesn't mesh with the theme of this album.
"Your Love Is My Drug (Dave Aude Club Mix)" (1/5) - Unlike the Animal remix that was decent but merely out of place on this album, this remix is flat-out terrible. The energy of the original has been drained away, and hearing the words "my drug" repeated over and over again in the beginning, middle, and end of the song is annoying. I suppose if you wanted to hear a more mellow version of the original song then this is the version for you - but this song really doesn't appeal to me.
"We R Who We R (Fred Falke Club Mix)" (2/5) - This is another remix that seems to suck the strength and energy of the original version out of the song. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it just sounds like something from the original has been toned down a bit (and there are bits that seem to slow down the flow of the song) and it's resulted in a version that's weaker than the original. This remix also feels way too long, clocking in at a mighty seven minutes. Anyway, I'd pass on this one.
"Take It Off (Billboard Radio Mix)" (5/5) - This isn't a bad reinterpretation of the original. It manages to not only keep the energy of the original while still adding a bit of a different sound, but actually pumps up the intensity of the original a bit. I'm quite pleased with it!
"TiK ToK (Chuck Buckett's Veruca Salt Remix)" (1/5) - Given the short number of tracks on this album, it's a bit baffling that they chose to include another remix of Tik Tok (no Cannibal remix? Really?). Besides that, this remix is terrible (at least in my opinion). It just sounds like a mess to my ears, and doesn't seem to mesh very well with the original song.
" Blah Blah Blah (DJ Skeet Skeet Radio Remix)" (5/5) - This one isn't too bad at all. It preserves the energy and feeling of the original pretty well, while still adding a bit of interest.
Overall Score (3/5): NOTE this score is not a mathematical average of previous scores; it's my subjective overall score. While the idea of a Kesha remix album wasn't bad, I'm not sure this album really pulled it off too well since the songs on here are really hit and miss. Some of the songs are decent remixes, but others really aren't so impressive, and with all the really good unofficial/amateur remixes on youtube, I can't really recommend this album to anyone but the most diehard Kesha fan. If nothing else, though, check out "F*** Him, He's a DJ" - it's a nice song and definitely worth having!