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Destiny's Child 31/2/2002

Review

Striking while the iron is hot, Destiny's Child presents its third full-length release in less than a year, following Survivor (May 2001) and 8 Days of Christmas (October 2001). An album of remixes is a profit-taking exercise by definition, but one needs only to gaze back a few weeks from this disc's release to Jennifer Lopez's J to the L-O! The Remixes, which went straight in at number one, to see that the profits can be considerable. And in this case, they deserve to be. Destiny's Child ascended to superstar status in 1999-2000 behind a series of well-produced number one hits that gave them the opportunity to trumpet female self-assertion in a material world. In contrast to TLC, the more street-savvy girl group whose niche they usurped, they were a triumph of packaging over musical substance, an appropriate focus at a time when teen pop was ascendant. At first glance, This Is the Remix does not retreat from that stance; the singers appear on the cover applying makeup. And certainly the album is all about packaging -- actually, repackaging. Typically, the word "remix" is far too modest to describe what such knob twiddlers as the Neptunes, Rockwilder, and Timbaland have undertaken. Retaining only the barest bones of the original recordings, if that, they have built wholly new musical tracks and brought in a bevy of guests, including Wyclef Jean, Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil Bow Wow, and for the most part the results are all to the good. Fans may buy this album thinking of it as a de facto greatest-hits set, but if so they will be surprised to find that, for example, Rockwilder's take on "Bootylicious" sounds almost nothing like the version they heard on the radio. And these versions aren't only different; usually, they're better than the originals. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 No, No, No, Pt. 2 [Extended Version] Destiny's Child 4:1
  3. 1 Lazy (Norman Cook Remix) X-Press null:null
  4. 2 Emotion [the Neptunes Remix] Destiny's Child 4:15
  5. 2 Point of Dub (Milk & Sugar Vocal Remix) DB Boulevard null:null
  6. 3 Bootylicious [Rockwilder Remix] Destiny's Child 4:9
  7. 3 Nasty Girl (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix) Destiny's Child null:null
  8. 4 Say My Name [Timbaland Remix] Destiny's Child 4:59
  9. 4 Love Foolosophy [Knee Deep's Re-Edit] Jamiroquai null:null
  10. 5 Bug a Boo [Refugee Camp Remix] Destiny's Child 3:48
  11. 5 Stop Callin Me (House Mix Mobin Master & DJ Hess) Shakaya null:null
  12. 6 Dot [The E-Poppi Mix] Destiny's Child 3:59
  13. 6 Better Days (Amen Club Mix) Mr Jones null:null
  14. 7 Survivor [Remix Featuring Da Brat Extended Version] Destiny's Child 3:24
  15. 7 Nothing 2 Prove (Dean Coleman's Vocal Intimidation Mix) Roger Sanchez null:null
  16. 8 Independent Women, Pt. 2 [Remix] Destiny's Child 3:42
  17. 8 At Night (Kid Creme Funksta Mix) Shakedown null:null
  18. 9 Nasty Girl [Azza's Nu Soul Mix] Destiny's Child 5:18
  19. 9 Super Electric (Fu-Tourist Remix) Bomfunk MC's null:null
  20. 10 Jumpin', Jumpin' [Remix Extended Version] Destiny's Child 7:17
  21. 10 Sexual Revolution (Miguel Migs Petalpusher Vocal) Macy Gray null:null
  22. 11 Bills, Bills, Bills [Maurice's Xclusive Livegig Mix] Destiny's Child 3:23
  23. 11 I Would Die 4 U (Club Mix) Space Cowboy null:null
  24. 12 So Good [Maurice's Soul Remix] Destiny's Child 4:58
  25. 12 Uh Huh (Left Hook Garage Mix) B2K null:null
  26. 13 Heard a Word Destiny's Child 4:53
  27. 13 Caught in the Middle (Almighty Mix) A1 null:null
  28. 14 Before You Leave (Black Science Orchestra's Last Stand Remix) Pepe Deluxe null:null
  29. 15 French Kissing (Divine Dance Remix) Sarah Connor null:null
  30. 16 Fade Away (Soane Mix) Che-Fu null:null
  31. 17 Buggin Me (Hype Music Extended Mix) Selwyn null:null
  32. 18 Days Like This (Spen & Karizma Main Mix Edit) Shaun Escoffery null:null
  33. 19 Bullet Proof Soul Sade null:null
  34. 20 Taken (Submariner Remix) Stellar null:null

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