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Mandisa, Get Up: The Remixes
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Mandisa
Get Up: The Remixes



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Pop / Urban / Remixes
Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 20 seconds
Street Date: September 16, 2014


READER RATING:   


Remix albums are, at their very core, daunting propositions. On the one hand, those in the more conservative camp prefer any such undertaking to retain enough of its source's underlying rhythm and tune to guarantee that the redone record bears at least some semblance of recognizability to its original counterpart. Then, of course, there are the purists who feel that the underlying quality of any remix effort is directly proportional to how far afield it flies from the raw materials from which it was created.

As is the case with most undertakings of this sort, the results for Mandisa's Get Up: The Remixes tend to be a bit all over the map. On the negative side of the coin, the infectious melody lines and joyous funk-filled grooves that vaulted "Shackles" and "Ovecomer" to their lofty, near-transcendent pop/soul perches are all but stripped away by their newfound sterile embellishments. The more staccato-laden groove of "What If We Were Real" and punchier rhythm applied to "Waiting for Tomorrow," by comparison, actually render those tracks superior to their forebears in terms of both immediacy and grandness. By and large, though, the remainder of the release is filled with numbers like "Joy Unspeakable," which are pretty much a wash, coming in no better and no worse than their predecessors.

Remix projects, with their emphasis on syncopation and beat, arguably work best, in terms of new facets and interesting detours, when the performer in question isn't dance-oriented to begin with, which, to be fair, makes an artist like Mandisa a slightly more challenging candidate when it comes to tweaking her tunes. Unfortunately, this turns out to be the case here. While there are certainly one or two true gems to be harvested from the proceedings, with very few exceptions, Get Up: The Remixes ends up playing out like a far-lesser cousin to the four albums from whence its songs were taken.

- Review date: 5/11/18, written by Bert Gangl of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 20 seconds
. Street Date: September 16, 2014
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  1. Overcomer (Capital Kings Remix) (3:51)
  2. Back To You (Neon Feather Remix) (3:23)
  3. Joy Unspeakable (Atellagali Remix) (3:56)
  4. Good Morning (Capital Kings Remix) (4:13)
  5. What If We Were Real (Neva Remix) (3:46)
  6. Stronger (Movin' Remix) (3:04)
  7. My Deliverer (RawlsCo Latin Remix) (3:04)
  8. Shackles (Switch Remix) (2:57)
  9. Waiting For Tomorrow (Silver Remix) (3:27)
  10. Only The World (Switch Remix) (2:56)
  11. Press On (CB Ultra Run Remix) (4:43)

 

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