Lady Gaga, "The Remix"

69 Billboard Rating

With Lady Gaga becoming pop music's biggest star and releasing a handful of inescapable singles in the past year, a remix album of her recent work was all but inevitable. Thankfully, Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable producers to make her dance-ready smashes from "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster" even more propulsive on "The Remix." A majority of the tracks -including Starsmith's keyboard-heavy take on "Bad Romance" and a bombastic reworking of "LoveGame" (featuring a cameo by Marilyn Manson)-speed up the tempo and accentuate Gaga's earworm refrains. "The Remix" works best, however, when the artists use the singer's framework as inspiration for new musical sensations. Stuart Price flips around the chorus of "Paparazzi" to emphasize Gaga's sense of longing, while Passion Pit turns "Telephone" into a delicious mix of techno, dubstep and chipmunk vocals. The 10-song set won't replace Gaga's chart-topping hits, but it offers enough interesting angles to attract die-hards as well as casual dance music fans.

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