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Mandisa's "Get Up: The Remixes" released on September 16, 2014

Mandisa’s “Get Up: The Remixes” released on September 16, 2014. (Sparrow Records)

Amy Grant’s remix album, “In Motion: The Remixes,” has done remarkably well considering that Grant is not known for dance music. The techniques used kept most of the music true to its original form but added a dance beat and sped up the music for a whole new sound.

Today Mandisa releases her own dance album: “Get Up: The Remixes,” and ironically, the crew behind the music did just the opposite, which is odd.  The album features some of the singer’s more famous songs that have been tweaked and in some cases, slowed down. Neon Feather, who worked on “Back to You”, said on his Facebook

page, “Well this is a little different for me… I did a remix for Mandisa. The slower tempo was refreshing to work with.”

Now, if you’ve seen Mandisa in concert lately, you know how committed she is to the Zumba fitness program. That girl likes to move. A good portion of her music is toe-tapping to the extreme. The idea of creating a remix album seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the results are rather disappointing. The care that went into making Amy’s album great is missing here. Perhaps the project was rushed.

The biggest problem with the album is that songs that are already dance-friendly are actually slowed down here. Mandisa’s huge hit, “Overcomer” starts the album off on the wrong foot. While the verses build the momentum of the song to the chorus like the original version, but when the chorus arrives, it just falls flat. In addition, the song is filled with annoying effects meant to enhance the song, but instead they just distract and annoy.

“Joy Unspeakable” starts off well and then slows down to a crawl during its chorus and “Good Morning” sounds like Mandisa is in need of some coffee. Fortunately, some of the new treatments do work including the super-fast “Shackles,” “Only the World” and “Press On” the best song on the whole album hands down. In fact, the album sounds a lot better when you reverse the order of the songs.

To be fair, music is subjective. What one person loves about a song, another will hate and vice-versa. In my own opinion, the only reason to do a remix of a song is to create a new sound that is equal or better than the original. Otherwise, if it ain’t broke, don’t remix it. Here is the complete list of tracks on the album:

  • “Overcomer” (Capital Kings Remix)
  • “Back to You” (Neon Feather Remix)
  • “Joy Unspeakable” (Atellagali Remix)
  •  “Good Morning” (Capital Kings Remix)
  •  “What If We Were Real” (NEVA Remix)
  • “Stronger” (Movin’ Remix)
  • “My Deliverer” (RawlsCO Latin Remix)
  •  “Shackles” (Switch Remix)
  • “Waiting for Tomorrow” (Silver Remix)
  •  “Only the World” (Switch Remix)
  •  “Press On” (CB Ultra Run Remix)