I Am The Dance Commander
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2011 remix album from the Pop sensation. This is Ke$ha's first remix album and features DJs such as Switch, DJ Skeet Skeet, Fred Falke, Dave Aude and more, putting their unique spin on the most popular tracks off of her releases Animal and Animal + Cannibal, including "TiK ToK" and "We R Who We R" as well as the "Sleazy" remix feat. Andre 3000 and the unreleased live favorite "F**k Him He's A DJ". 10 tracks.
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But that's where things start to go awry, is just the simple definition of the word "dance,' which is emphasized not once, but twice, in the overly-long title. Because the truth is, only about half of these 10 tracks are what I would call dance-worthy. The Dave Aude mix of "Your Love is My Drug" is probably the grandest transformation, which speeds the vocals up just a bit and gives the song as a whole an extra burst of exciting energy that was sorely lacking in the original. The Fred Falke mix of "We R Who We R" and the Skeet Skeet mix of "Blah Blah Blah" don't stray too far from the originals, but have extra club beats layered over them for that extra oomph which really works. "Blow" and "Take it Off," two of my favorite Ke$ha tracks in their original forms, kind of lose points here because their respective mixes are rather bland and generic and don't really stick out on their own. I wouldn't say they're completely horrible, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to listen to them specifically. "Sleazy" is not really a remix at all, but rather just the regular version with a minute-long rap intro by Andre 3000 which is obnoxious and highly unnecessary, as most rapper guest spots are. Unfortunately the rest of the CD is filled with mixes that are a little too experimental for my tastes, and actually seem quite amateurish compared to the others. The vocals are often looped over and over again, and the music is so choppy in a stop/start kind of way that there simply isn't enough structure or sustained rhythm that would make you WANT to dance. (In a weird way this almost works as an advantage to the Chuck Buckett mix of "Tik Tok.")
As I implied before, Ke$ha's music in its original form is pure pop perfection. While remixes in general aren't necessarily meant to improve upon a track, they should at least add a new, interesting angle to it, and about half the mixes on this album achieve that just fine. Even the duds aren't entirely unlistenable; it's just that it's rather obvious which of these producers had a clear vision in mind and which ones were randomly pressing buttons on a vocoder. But I'm over-analyzing. Sorry. Just take it for what it is, have some fun with it, and leave the rest behind.
1) Blow (4:05) (still not as good as the original, but this is a pretty strong mix, given a much harder electro vibe)
2) The Sleazy Remix (3:48) (as others have pointed out, this rhythm heavy track is not much in the way of a remix other than the added rap)
3) Tik Tok (5:00) (Wow. The 90s are back big time. Anyone else remember breakbeat techno? It sure strips this song of its original commercial appeal)
4) F him he's a DJ (nice to have a previously unreleased track included)
5) Animal (4:25) (noisy and droning downtempo mix)
6) Your Love is My Drug ((7:29) (Good choice to include the full length Dave Aude mix. Dave is one of the hottest electro remixers of the past decade. His mix is lush and filled with melodic harmonizing keyboards, but the atmospheric mix is kind of spoiled by the sing-song melody of the original song--and the imposing spoken parts by ke$ha. Perhaps he should have saved this hot chord progression for a remix of a song that better matched the mood)
7) We R Who We R (6:56) (this full length remix sounds very much like the original version, but there's a noticeably funkier bassline--and I swear it sounds like they lifted a sample from the opening of the Commodores classic "Lady You Bring Me Up")
8) Take it Off (3:38) (good mix. Very danceable and just tweaked enough to make it different from the original--this one could have been longer)
9) Tik Tok (4:53) (this mix has a dance beat, but is also a very experimental bleeps and blips electronic mix. Pretty boring)
10) blah blah blah (4:02) (this is another good mix that stays true to the original with more of a hard electro bassline. This also could have been a longer mix)
Note there are other mixes out there that could have been used here: The Joe Bermudez mix or the Tom Neville mix of "Tik Tok" and the Dave Aude mix of "Animal". There are also remixes of tracks not even included here: First Kiss with 3OH!3 and Dirty Pictures with Taio Cruz could have been included. After all, the CD only is only about 50 minutes long. Plenty of space left to expand on this CD to satisfy remix collectors.
"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!
Further on down the list, there is a very good mix of "Take It Off" and a decent rehashing of "Blah Blah." The remix of "Tik Tok" lasts too long, and some of the other tracks stray too far away from what made them catchy in the first place.
So basically, if you are a die-hard Ke&ha fan or a DJ, then this would ceratinly be a good purchase for you. Anyone else could just download or purchase either of her two albums. This is a decent remix album, but it really missed a golden opportunity to be something much better. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if Ke$ha would take some time and pencil in some better lyrics next time around, and perhaps even put down a smooth electro-ballad, the type which Gaga and Robyn Carlsson have perfected in recent years. But it is a small complaint. As pop music goes, this remix won't set the world on fire, but it will certainly make people dance and get them humming along to the songs, which is all it needs to do.