By Melissa Barnes
Produced by hip hop king Snoop Dogg and John Carter Cash, Remixed was either a hit or big fat miss depending on your musical tastes. If you tend to err on the side of the more traditional and old school Johnny Cash, this is probably not the album for you. However, if you’re a fan of The Man in Black and you like a good dance beat, you may enjoy this eclectic and at times bizarre compilation.
Snoop Dogg made his appearance on the first track on the album, “I Walk the Line.” Cash’s vocals become secondary to the beats laid down by Snoop. The Count De Money remix of “Big River” was one of my top picks from the album. It gave the song a new twist without taking anything away from the original. The techno infused Philip Steir remix of “Get Rhythm” is surprisingly catchy and fun.
The album loses steam on the tracks “Leave That Junk Alone,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Straight A’s In Love.” I think the true essence of Johnny Cash was lost in the middle of these musically strange remixes. Oddly enough, I did enjoy the upbeat and danceworthy tracks “Sugartime” and “Rock Island Line.” I tend to have a very open mind when it comes to music, but overall this album was a bit of a stretch even for my musical tastes.