Sean Howe
October 27, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Remixed and Reimagined

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nina Simone
genre
Electronic

We gave it a B

Nina Simone’s singing was often so introverted that her tremulous, searching delivery — which seldom heeded the rhythms of the band — could teeter on soliloquy. A few of those remixing the 11 tracks on Remixed and Reimagined, (including Coldcut and Tony Humphries,) work against Simone’s transformative powers of interpretation, blithely grafting house rhythms onto even her subtlest vocals. But those who stay appropriately low-key — or bolster her rare workouts with more than big beats — amplify her regal power.

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