Alejandro the Remixes Single
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while most of GaGa's songs still sound best in their original form since they are already slamming dance trax, Alejandro is a slower groove, and therefore, a couple of pumping mixes are welcome. It's really no surprise that two of the strongest mixes on here are the Dave Aude and Bimbo Jones mixes. These two remixers have turned pretty much everything they've touched in the past decade into gold. Many of the other remixes offer a variety of styles, including a lot of slow jams and some club friendly mixes that are more like dubs than vocal remixes.
So the ONLY thing I think is wrong with this release? The version I want MOST of all of this song is the EXTENDED mix of the original track as used in the Alejandro video. That version is like a classic old school extended 12" version where they don't remix the song to sound totally different, they simply enhance the track by bringing out various moments of the song in more isolated, 'solo' moments. Tragically, I don't think the "video mix" will ever see the light of day for CD buyers.
1. Afrojack Remix (4:48) - This mix is different, for sure. A nice opener, but not really for the clubs.
2. Rusko's Pupuseria Remix (3:54) - Also fairly strange, a bit different from the other Rusko remixes I have heard. It has a very hip-hop beat with some keyboards and strange effects. The end result is a decent one.
3. Dave Aude Remix (7:16) - Nice try Dave, but it sounds a bit too much like "Celebration" by Madonna. (This mix is the sole remix on the EU import single)
4. Skrillex Remix (5:51) - Another strange remix, very electronic like other Skrillex remixes (see "Bad Romance"). One of my favorites.
5. Kim Fai Remix (7:20) - Kind of reminds me of Afrojack's mix. Probably the worst of the bunch.
6. The Sounds of Arrows Remix (3:59) - A good relaxing downtempo mix. (This is the remix that represents Alejandro on Lady Gaga's remix album.)
7. Bimbo Jones Remix (6:41) - Here we go! Straight up club mix here, and the best remix of this set for sure. The single is worth it for this alone.
8. Kleerup Remix (5:22) - Slow hip-hop sounding mix. Rather boring but a nice closer I guess.
Listen, I'm all for experimentation if you have a vision in mind, a direction, but a good HALF of this CD sounds like the end result of a 3-year-old child breaking into a recording studio and going to town on a 1980's synthesizer. If you're into random, ear-shattering blips and bleeps with next to no vocals, then you should really enjoy this single, the mixes by Afrojack, Kim Fai, Rusko, and Skrillex in particular. The Kleerup mix is somewhat better, as it takes an entirely different approach and turns the song into a mellow, mid-tempo electro jam and actually uses more than three words from the original track. Really though, the only mixes here that even vaguely come close to being what I would call "good" are the ones by Dave Aude and Bimbo Jones as they seem to be the only ones with any kind of structure. Jones' is pretty much your standard club fare but manages to keep the underlying Latin vibe of the original, and I'm pretty sure Aude just took Gaga's vocals and pasted them over the instrumental to Madonna's Get Together, but as the original Alejandro is sort of a ripoff of another Madonna song (La Isla Bonita) to begin with, this works fine as well. (Amazing how that works out, isn't? Hmm...Read more ›
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I love the song and was disappointed that there was not 1 full cut of the song without the remixing. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by mrsbornheimer
What can you say about this pop icon!!! She has became an overnight singing and fashion sensation. These mixes are excellent
I definitely enjoyed this CD. I love the song (haven't seen the video yet though).. Each mix is entirely different in its on way. Ive been dancing all night to the songs. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Ron Price