This Is the Remix

This Is the Remix

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by Destiny's Child
     
 

There's no stopping the junior divas of Destiny's Child. With an ever-evolving lineup, they have released four albums in four years, so it's no surprise that they keep up their strike-while-the-curling-iron's-hot pace and release a remix collection, à la J. Lo. This Is a Remix features praiseworthy contributions from beat masterminds…  See more details below

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There's no stopping the junior divas of Destiny's Child. With an ever-evolving lineup, they have released four albums in four years, so it's no surprise that they keep up their strike-while-the-curling-iron's-hot pace and release a remix collection, à la J. Lo. This Is a Remix features praiseworthy contributions from beat masterminds such as Wyclef (early hits "No, No No, Part 2," and "Bug A Boo"), Jermaine Dupri (a hip-hop remix of "Jumpin' Jumpin' " featuring Da Brat and Lil' Bow Wow), Timbaland (a smooth R&B reworking of "Say My Name"), and Rockwilder (a sexy, mid-tempo remix of "Bootylicious" featuring Missy Elliott). But it's the Neptunes who show the most flair, as they transform DC's syrupy rendering of the Bee Gees ballad "Emotion" into a bluesy, organ- and snare-assisted groove that pushes the ladies' intricate harmonies to the fore. The latest Destiny lineup is a trio featuring newest member Michelle Williams, whose delicate vocal chops are displayed on a bonus track drawn from her forthcoming gospel album, My Heart to Yours. For Destiny's Child, three seems to be the magic number.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Striking while the iron is hot, Destiny's Child presents its third full-length release in less than a year, following Survivor (May 2001) and 8 Days of Christmas (October 2001). An album of remixes is a profit-taking exercise by definition, but one needs only to gaze back a few weeks from this disc's release to Jennifer Lopez's J to the L-O! The Remixes, which went straight in at number one, to see that the profits can be considerable. And in this case, they deserve to be. Destiny's Child ascended to superstar status in 1999-2000 behind a series of well-produced number one hits that gave them the opportunity to trumpet female self-assertion in a material world. In contrast to TLC, the more street-savvy girl group whose niche they usurped, they were a triumph of packaging over musical substance, an appropriate focus at a time when teen pop was ascendant. At first glance, This Is the Remix does not retreat from that stance; the singers appear on the cover applying makeup. And certainly the album is all about packaging -- actually, repackaging. Typically, the word "remix" is far too modest to describe what such knob twiddlers as the Neptunes, Rockwilder, and Timbaland have undertaken. Retaining only the barest bones of the original recordings, if that, they have built wholly new musical tracks and brought in a bevy of guests, including Wyclef Jean, Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil Bow Wow, and for the most part the results are all to the good. Fans may buy this album thinking of it as a de facto greatest-hits set, but if so they will be surprised to find that, for example, Rockwilder's take on "Bootylicious" sounds almost nothing like the version they heard on the radio. And these versions aren't only different; usually, they're better than the originals.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886973609828
catalogNumber:
736098
Rank:
122920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Destiny's Child   Primary Artist
Da Brat   Vocals
David Donaldson   Keyboards
Jermaine Dupri   Vocals
Ron Hall   Bass
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Felix Pollard   Drums
Shavoni   Bass,Drums
Daniel Weatherspoon   Keyboards
Beyoncé   Vocals
Michelle Williams   Vocals
Javier Gonzalez   Percussion
Bow Wow   Vocals
Sean Dancy   Keyboards
William Garcia   Horn
Eric Walls   Guitar
Kenny Anderson   Horn,Saxophone
Tim Grant   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Buster   Producer,Engineer
David Donaldson   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer,Engineering
Maurice Joshua   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Warren Riker   Engineer
Shavoni   Producer,Engineer
Serban Ghenea   Remixing
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Mike Hogan   Engineer
James Hoover   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Engineering,Vocal Recording
Larry Heard   Composer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Wyclef Jean   Producer,Remixing
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Rawle Gittens   Engineer
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer,Remixing
Dan Workman   Engineer,Engineering
Rockwilder   Producer
Anthony Dent   Producer
Chad Elliot   Producer
Kay Fingers   Remixing
Brian Garten   Engineer
Beyoncé   Producer,Vocal Producer
Neptunes   Producer
Mathew Knowles   Executive Producer,Formatting
Mike Koch   Engineer
Che Greene   Producer
Michael Conrader   Engineer
Jovonn   Producer
Emily Lazar   Mastering
Andrew Coleman   Engineer,Engineering
Ramon Morales   Engineer
Errol "Poppi" McCalla   Producer,Remixing
Cedric Courtois   Engineer
Hachi   Cover Photo
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs   Producer
Jovonn Alexander   Producer

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