October 29 , 2003  
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Mariah Carey

The Remixes

Are two actually better than one, like the saying goes? Not for Mariah Carey's latest album, The Remixes. The new album consists of two discs.

Disc one is a collection of Carey's older hits set to club mixes. "Heartbreaker" and "Anytime You Need a Friend" are two of four songs on the disc that extend over ten minutes - definitely too long. And you should just bypass the "Def Club" remix of "Dreamlover" with its carnival-esque beats; surely it is the "Deaf Club" remix.

Disc two presents Carey's songs dressed up in hip-hop fashion and her vocals are better suited to these mixes than to the scary dance versions. The songs "I Know What You Want" and "Heartbreaker" are two key tracks that will appeal to mainstream hip-hop fans, providing listeners with songs reminiscent of Mariah's originals with a fun, new twist.

-Deanna DiMenna



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