CD Review: Mariah Carey – The Remixes

Posted on October 20, 2003 by

How Mariah Carey got all her record labels to agree to let her release an 2-disc set full of her greatest remixes is a mystery. But the fact that they did means little, since Carey doesn’t even include her greatest remix of all: “I Still Believe (Pure Imagination Remix),” where she sample a song from Willy Wonka.

There’s one disk on “The Remixes” with 9 club mixes. You know those remixes that feel like they go on forever and include few actual lyrics? Here’s a disc-full. The songs range from the unpredictable 10-minute “Heartbreaker/If You Should Ever Be Lonely” to the boring “Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise). Reprises are meant for filler, not for a greatest hits record.

Then on disc two, there’s the classic ODB remix of “Fantasy,” which first crossed Carey over to the hip-hop world. However, beyond that song, there aren’t any must-have remixes that make this album worth its cost.

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