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ZOEgirl
Mix Of Life



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 13 tracks
Street Date: 2002


Platinum selling artist ZOEgirl went all out in 2001 to promote their critically acclaimed Life album. They had the book, the DVD, the singles, and of course... the remix album. Usually remix albums fit into one of two categories: Terrible or More Terrible. Most of the time, remix albums just butcher the original songs and make it sound like some unearthly tune you'd hear in Star Trek. This album on the other hand is quite surprising.

The opening song puts a funky, hip-hop spin on the once dance hall-esque "Dismissed." Layered with hot beats and the rap vocals of Shonlock, this Omega 8 Mix delivers a funky fresh take on one of ZOEgirl's greatest hits. The Prefab Mix of "Even If" is an irresistable track that takes the danceable hit and transforms it into a techno wonder that will make anyone get up and move. Probably the strongest remix on the album is "I Believe (Trip Rock Mix)." Infusing acoustic guitar riffs into the verses and electrifying drums and crunchy guitars into the chorus makes for a version of this song that will make fans' jaws drop. I personally think this remix outdid its original. The Nova Mix of "Waiting" is fun and light and doesn't change the song too much, while "With All of My Heart (Beatmart Mix)" does exactly what most remixes do. The song gets destroyed by boring beats, annoying sound effects and lame rap vocals by Soul Purpose that would put even the most hyper person to sleep. Pure torture.

The new song, "Save Myself," is a fun rock/pop track that gives a glimpse of what's to come on their 2003 album Different Kind of FREE. Produced wonderfully, I would have included it on the original release if it were my decision. The Blue Mix of "Ordinary Day" is a beautifully depressing version of the once peppy and bright song fans all loved. Though it's more sad than the original, it somehow works great and delivers well. The remixes of "Plain" and "Nick of Time" don't differ much from their originals, while "No You (H2O Mix)" adds an annoying sound effect that sounds like windshield wipers. The Madame LaPulse of "Anything Is Possible" is a tad bit repetitive, but overall puts a nice techno spin on the song.

The "Living For You (Ghost Mix)" takes the same approach as the "Ordinary Day (Blue Mix)" but doesn't produce the same feeling as "Ordinary Day" did. It's just kind of boring. The album closer, "Here and Now (Turbo Radio Mix)," is a wonderfully light remix that doesn't stray too far from the original, but makes for a fun tune.

Overall, Mix Of Life is one of the best remix albums out there. If you're a big fan of ZOEgirl and would like to hear new versions of their hits, then this album is definitely for you!

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 10/14/08, written by Josiah Coulter for Jesusfreakhideout.com


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. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 13 tracks
. Street Date: 2002
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. I Believe
  2. Anything is Possible
  3. No U
  4. With All of My Heart
  5. Save Myself
  6. Here and Now
  7. Even If
  8. Ordinary Day
  9. Nick of Time
  10. Plain
  11. Dismissed
  12. Waiting
  13. Living for You (Bonus)

 

 

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