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Oh ‘Baby’ – Amy Does it Again: Music Review

Amy Grant's "In Motion: The Remixes" will be released on August 19, 2014. Sparrow Records

Amy Grant’s “In Motion: The Remixes” will be released on August 19, 2014. Sparrow Records

It’s pretty cool when your teenager comes into the room and asks what you’re listening to. He heard the new tweaks to Amy Grant’s dance mix of “Baby, Baby” and said that it was pretty strange to see his dad listening to the same music that he listens to. I think I blew him away when I told him that I had listened to Amy Grant since I was his age.

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We’re not the only ones listening either. This week it was announced that the re-mixed single (the original came out in 1991) had broken into the Top Ten and making it the #8 spot of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

In Motion: The Remixes releases next week (August 19) and includes the hit which DJ and remixer Dave Audé had put a new spin. “Remixing ‘Baby, Baby’ has definitely been one of the highlights of my career,” Audé said. “I loved this song when it was released in 1991, and I still love hearing it today; you can’t say that about many records 23 years later. ‘Baby, Baby’ has crossed genres, and I’m hoping my remix will add yet another genre to this timeless classic.”

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“Baby, Baby” is clearly the best song on the album and is most suitable to be turned into a dance mix, but the others are a lot of fun too. The album has the potential of reaching two different generations of listeners – Grant’s faithful following and the younger dance crowd. The album features nine of her most popular songs, plus two bonus songs, all remixed by different DJs.

If you enjoy dance music, (even if only move in the kitchen when no one is home), and you are a fan of Amy’s music, this is for you. Almost every song features a fun twist while keeping the integrity of the original. That is except for “Better Than a Hallelujah” which is slightly offensive, at least to this listener. (Although I am sure that this is purely unintentional). The original version is a beautiful song written by Sarah Hart and Chapin Hartford. The new version is tweaked to sound like a cheap southern gospel tune complete with an outspoken preacher, which takes the sentimentality out of the song.

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The complete list of song on In Motion: The Remixes includes:

  1. That’s What Love Is For (Featuring Chris Cox)
  2. Stay For Awhile (Featuring Tony Moran and Warren Rigg)
  3. You’re Not Alone (Featuring Guy Scheiman)
  4. Every Heartbeat (Featuring Moto Blanco)
  5. Better Than A Hallelujah (Featuring Mark Picchiotti)
  6. Find A Way (Featuring Ralphi Rosario)
  7. Baby, Baby (Featuring Dave Aude)
  8. Say Once More (Featuring Hex Hector)
  9. Out In The Open (Featuring 7th Heaven), bonus track
  10. BONUS MIX: Stay For A While (Featuring Tony Moran)
  11. BONUS MIX: Mega Mix (Featuring DJ Andy 7th Heaven)

In Motion: The Remixes follows the success of last year’s How Mercy Looks From Here, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it a record-setting 16th #1 album for Grant in the Christian genre.

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Next month, Grant will team up with Athena® Bottled Water and give back to the American Cancer Society. Grant will perform at a private, invitation-only event in Nashville, “Eat-Drink-Party Pink” on September 30 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the festivities, Grant will debut a new song, “Welcome Yourself,” which will later be available for sale on iTunes with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society as well.

  • jtotey

    Thanks Jon for your correction. In my haste to post my review of the album, I had made an assumption on a few things. I had assumed that Mullins had written the song and I could have sworn (pardon the pun) that he had his own version of the song years earlier. I realize now that I must have imagined that. I have made corrections to review.

  • Jon

    To clarify, Better Than A Hallelujah was written by Sarah Hart and Chapin Hartford in 2010 and has no direct connection to Rich Mullins. I agree it is not the strongest song on the album but wanted to give the songwriters their due credit.

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