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B in the Mix: The Remixes
Image of a woman dancing in a grey tone. There is a grey aura behind her, and she is standing in front of a black background. A giant butterly extends in her bust. The words "Britney B Spears" are written above in white letters. At the height of her waist, the words "in the mix The Remixes" are written in smaller grey letters.
North American edition cover artwork; international cover artwork features Spears behind the butterfly.
Remix album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2005
Recorded1998–2005
StudioBattery Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length54:01
Label
Producer
Britney Spears chronology
Britney & Kevin: Chaotic
(2005)
B in the Mix: The Remixes
(2005)
Blackout
(2007)

B in the Mix: The Remixes is the first remix album by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was released on November 22, 2005 through Jive Records. The album contains remixes of tracks from her first four studio albums—...Baby One More Time (1999), Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), Britney (2001) and In the Zone (2003)—a remix of "Someday (I Will Understand)", and a remix of a new track "And Then We Kiss". The remixes were done by DJs such as Peter Rauhofer and Stuart Price. The music was influenced by various genres of electronic music, such as ambient and techno.

B in the Mix: The Remixes received mixed reviews from music critics. Some reviewers called it a good remix compilation, while others argued that the album was conceived as a product and also criticized what they perceived as weak vocals. B in the Mix: The Remixes peaked at number four on the US Dance/Electronic Albums and at number one-hundred-and-thirty-four on the US Billboard 200. It received minimal promotion compared to Spears' previous albums. The Junkie XL remix of "And Then We Kiss" was released as a promotional single from the album in Australia and New Zealand on October 31, 2005.

Background[edit]

On September 28, 2005, Jive Records announced through a press release that Spears would release a remix album titled Remixed.[3] However, on November 8, 2005, it was reported by Jennifer Vineyard of MTV that the album was actually titled B in the Mix: The Remixes, and was going to be released on November 22, 2005. The album includes songs from her previous albums remixed by DJs such as Peter Rauhofer and Stuart Price. Price had previously remixed "Breathe on Me" from In the Zone for a limited edition bonus disc of Spears' first greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). B in the Mix: The Remixes also includes one new song, "And Then We Kiss";[1] the song had previously been set to be included on a bonus disc of her DVD for Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (2005), but was left out in favor of another song, "Over to You Now".[4]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The Bill Hamel remix of "Touch of My Hand" is a trance track with elements of ambient. Spears' voice has been described as "chopped up into skittering syllables and [...] becomes part of the beat". The album's fourth track, the Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix of "Breathe on Me" slows the beat from the original track making the song "darker and dirtier".[1] The remix style was compared to songs by Kylie Minogue and Madonna.[5] Dave Audé Slave Driver Mix of "I'm a Slave 4 U" consists of a guitar track and "quirky analog touches", according to Kurt Kirton of About.com.[6] "And Then We Kiss" contains influences of euro-trance, techno and usage of synthesizers.[1] The song blends dance-rock guitars and symphonic strings and closes with an orchestral overtone.[1][7] Its lyrics talk about a kiss and the different sensations that the protagonist experiences, including trembling, crying and moaning. At the beginning she sings the lines "Lying alone / touching my skin" which suggest that the whole song may actually be a fantasy.[1] The album's seventh track, the Valentin remix of "Everytime" contains a serious groove and pounding percussion, with usage of synthesizers. The Jason Nevins remix of "Early Mornin'" is considered the only hip hop song of B in the Mix: The Remixes.[6]

Title and artwork[edit]

The album was originally titled Remixed, however, it was later revealed it would be titled B in the Mix: The Remixes. B in the Mix: The Remixes had two cover artworks: North American one and international one. On the North American edition, Spears doesn't appear on the cover artwork; there is a red butterfly instead. Vineyard noted this, stating: "[the album] is being marketed in a more underground way than usually associated with a superstar act". On the international edition cover artwork, a black-and-white image of Spears appears behind the butterfly.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

B in the Mix: The Remixes received little promotion compared to Spears' standards. A promotional extended play (EP) titled Key Cuts from Remixed with several remixes from the album was released in September 2005.[1][8] A contest was launched on Spears' paid fan site for those who pre-ordered the album. The winner received a copy of Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, a bottle of Spears' fragrance Fantasy with an additional lotion and make-up kit, and a personalized autographed picture of Spears.[9] On November 22, 2005, the day the album was released, a release party was held at an unspecified nightclub in Los Angeles, California, organized by Spears' management and the webmaster of the fansite WorldOfBritney.com. It was a limited event to five hundred people, including members of the fansite or her official fan club. Spears commented: "I just wanted to say that I love the idea of all my fans getting together to celebrate the release of my new album. I was happy to help! I hope you have a great night out at the club and dance all night long!".[10]

Before being included on B in the Mix: The Remixes, "And Then We Kiss" was initially produced by Mark Taylor for Spears' fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). It failed to be included on the album;[11] however, after being remixed by Junkie XL for B in the Mix: The Remixes, it was released as promotional single from the album in Australia and New Zealand on October 31, 2005.[12][13] A promotional 12-inch single featuring a new version of the remix was also released.[14] The remix received mostly positive reviews from music critics, with some noticing its potential to be a radio or club hit.[1] "And Then We Kiss" failed to appear on any major charts, however, it peaked at number fifteen on the US Hot Dance Airplay.[15] The version of the song produced by Taylor remained unreleased for years, until a new mix of the song labelled as the original version leaked online on September 2, 2011. After suggestions that it might be fake, Taylor confirmed its authenticity to Bradley Stern of Muumuse.com on September 5, 2011.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3/5 stars[6]
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[16]
Bay Area Reporterunfavorable[17]
Entertainment WeeklyC[18]
IGN(6.9/10)[5]
MTVfavorable[19]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Dallas Morning Newsmixed[20]

B in the Mix: The Remixes received mixed reviews from music critics. Kurt Kirton of About.com highlighted the remixes of "Everytime" and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know", adding that the album would be better if it included more tracks. He summarized his review saying, "this is a decent release that should please any Britney fan and most club music fanatics".[6] Barry Walters of Rolling Stone said the album was "even more redundant" than Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, but added that with the exception of "Toxic", "just about every original track is bettered here".[7] Spence D. of IGN said: "If you had the choice to purchase only one Britney Spears' album, then this would be the one to spend your money on."[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic commented that "B in the Mix doesn't exactly erase the impression that Spears isn't in tune with her recording career". He also stated that on tracks such as "Toxic", "her flaws stand out just a bit too much [...] the instrumental hooks have been removed from the record, leaving Spears to carry the day—which she can't really do. [...] Overall this album sounds and feels like what it really is: a piece of product."[16] MTV writer Bradley Stern praised the album, saying it "featured loads of excellent remixes stretching from "...Baby One More Time" to "Toxic", but nothing shined quite as bright as the album's undeniable highlight: "And Then We Kiss" (Junkie XL Remix)."[19]

Gregg Shapiro of the Bay Area Reporter gave the album a mostly negative review, calling it "hazardous waste". He also noted that Spears's voice was "reedy, cold and mechanical" when stripped from the original mixes. However, he highlighted two tracks, saying: "Spears comes closest to achieving dance-diva status on the Valentin remix of "Everytime", while the Davidson Ospina 2005 remix of "Baby One More Time" elevates the original bubblegum track to club classic."[17] Mike Daniel of The Dallas Morning News called the Justice remix of "Me Against the Music" the best track of the album, but said it "has the feel of a hastily executed stopgap measure with almost no marketing-related thought behind it except to fulfill the once-every-two-years release cycle that's been established for Britney material."[20] Entertainment Weekly writer Leah Greenblatt noted the remixes "amps already-aggressive singles like "Toxic" and "Me Against the Music" to brain-popping levels of synth spiraling", and transforms "sad-eyed slow jams like "Everytime" and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" into Hi-NRG bursts. This party is BYORB (Bring Your Own Red Bull); without it, you might not be able to keep up."[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, B in the Mix: The Remixes debuted at number one-hundred-and-thirty-four on the Billboard 200, selling 14,000 copies in its first week. It spent eleven weeks on the chart overall.[21] The album also peaked at number four on the US Top Dance/Electronic Albums, making it the first top four peak on the chart that had over 10,000 units sold since July 2002.[22] The album spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart.[23] According to Nielsen SoundScan, B in the Mix: The Remixes has sold over 131,000 copies in the United States.[24] The album also debuted on Ultratop Wallonia in Belgium at number ninety-nine on the chart dated December 17, 2005,[25] and also debuted at number fifty-nine on the Italian Albums Chart on the chart dated November 25, 2005.[26] The album peaked at number twenty-five on Oricon Albums Chart in Japan, where it spent eight weeks on the chart.[27]

Track listing[edit]

B in the Mix: The Remixes – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Toxic" (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction Mix)6:46
2."Me Against the Music" (featuring Madonna) (Justice Remix)
4:01
3."Touch of My Hand" (Bill Hamel Remix)
  • Harry
  • Solomon
  • Bill Hamel[a]
  • Barry Jamieson[a]
5:19
4."Breathe on Me" (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)
3:55
5."I'm a Slave 4 U" (Dave Audé Slave Driver Mix)5:51
6."And Then We Kiss" (Junkie XL Remix)
  • Spears
  • M. Taylor
  • Paul Barry
4:27
7."Everytime" (Valentin Remix)
3:25
8."Early Mornin'" (Jason Nevins Remix)
  • Spears
  • Moby
  • Stewart
  • Magnet
3:38
9."Someday (I Will Understand)" (Hi-Bias Signature Radio Remix)Spears
3:46
10."...Baby One More Time" (Davidson Ospina 2005 Remix)Max Martin
4:38
11."Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" (Hex Hector Club Mix)
8:15
Total length:54:01


Notes

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Key Cuts from Remixed[edit]

Key Cuts from Remixed
KeyCutsfromRemixed.jpg
EP by
ReleasedSeptember 2005[36]
Genre
Length
  • 24:41 (CD)
  • 15:42 (LP)
  • 23:50 (Extended)
LabelJive
Producer

To promote the album, Jive Records released an extended play (EP) in September 2005, containing several remixes from B in the Mix: The Remixes. This EP, known as Key Cuts from Remixed, was sent around to DJs in both 12" vinyl and CD format.

Track listing[edit]

Notes

References[edit]

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