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This review is from: Blood On The Dance Floor: History In The Mix (Audio CD)
. . . you'll want to to jump up and dance or just stomp your foot which won't be good if it's on the gas pedal. Seriously though, I like to call this "The Ibiza Mix" because it's mostly a collection of dance music, with a combination of new material and remixes. I listened to this on my iTouch while riding the subway, and I had a hard time sitting still!
I won't deconstruct every song, so just some highlights. Dance remixes of previously-released material such as the haunting 'Stranger in Moscow' and the moving 'Earthsong' give each an entirely new identity, which is part of Jackson's genius. The vocals are untouched for the most part, but he gives us a different take by changing the music. I LOVE 'Scream Louder' which Jackson has remixed with Sly & the Family Stone's 'Thank You (for lettin' me be myself)'--I think I may be one of the few people who liked 'Scream' when it was originally released so this is a double treat for me since I'm also a fan of Sly Stone's. New material includes the very sexy title track (catch the video for this if you can!)and the provocative 'Morphine' whose pounding rock beat makes me want to grab a stripper's pole. The lyrics however, are quite sobering in light of Jackson's recent passing and subsequent personal revelations; the gentle, melodic bridge in the middle of the song gives me pause: Was he trying to convince us of the serenity it brought him? Is the pounding beat meant to convey the hard edge he lived with, which was only mollified by the drug? I almost hate myself for really loving this track, despite its subject matter and the possible message behind it.
If I have one quibble it's the remix of 'You Are Not Alone', which is one of my favorite Jackson ballads and should have been left well enough alone. Some things are perfect in their original state and this is one such gem. The remix is not bad, mind you, but you know how it is when someone tampers with something close to your heart. This is the reason for my 4 star rating.
So, I dare you to listen to this CD and not want to move. Go on . . . just try!