*The vibe on Alice is very "Mario Land enemy about to come at you."
The Stupid Love remix sounds great when it doesn't sound like... Stupid Love. Maybe a full vocal edit (that removes any bits of the original instrumental?) would work.
What is the new vocal saying on Rain On Me before Ariana's verse? All I hear is "I want you, don't want to" in Greek (σε θέλω, δεν θέλω)...and it fits!
*Free Woman is divine, release it as a single with an official video etc. THE NEW DROP. RIP the prominent piano from the demo though that some were saying is also prominent here (not that it would make sense in this remix).
Fun Tonight is cute, but it really needed a new vocal from Gaga to be truly convincing in this style, didn't it. The screaming doesn't work for
this version for me.
*911 is perfect in every iteration, as expected.
*Plastic Doll is great, a vast improvement over the original.
*Sour Candy is amazing too, love it. I'm missing the original middle 8, especially since the new one would have been a wonderful build-up/transition to it. Also unsure if all the BLACKPINK parts are in there (must not be). Bring back those and the original middle 8 and make this one a single with an official video as well.
*Enigma: Love it! (I love the original too, though.)
*Oh, wait! Replay but listenable! I hate the sample on the original and the overall vibe. I'd love this version as a single though... I'm in love!
Sine: Cute but, yeah, not going to revisit that. If it all sounded like the first part until Elton starts singing before the honks or whatever it would probably be an improvement over the original. But thankfully I love the original and have no issue sticking with it.
1000 Doves: It would probably be excellent if it had the full vocal? We will never know. The sound of those few processed vocals we do hear is divine though... The greatest wasted potential in the album.
*Babylon (the remix): Musically it's okay... But the new vocals are a brilliant addition.
*Haus Labs version: It IS the better instrumental for the track even in this state, and I don't mind its current state either - guess I won!
Neither Babylon mix sounds like it belongs on an album with such drastic reinterpretations of all other tracks (but I'm grateful for the Haus Labs version and it probably is
the more "different" version, ddd).
*: Will probably revisit.
Better than the originals and will probably replace the original versions on my album-proper playlist if I feel like they fit: Free Woman, Plastic Doll, Sour Candy, Replay, Babylon (Haus Labs version).
If we had a full version sounding like the first half of Sine and a full vocal edit of 1000 Doves, they would be in this line-up as well.
I think I'd love a version that borrows from both instrumentals (original and remix):
For all songs except maybe Fun Tonight. A pity as Fun Tonight was one of the songs in desperate need of a makeover in my opinion and this didn't land for me...
We should have gotten Love Me Right (Slayyyter Remix) instead of the Haus Labs Babylon.
I'd have absolutely loved Love Me Right representation in the tracklist!