January 18, 2007

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Enigma, Love, Sensuality, Devotion – The Remix Collection
EMI/Virgin, 2006

The first U.S. edition of this album, in which Ruth-Ann emerges from her boytoy-filled den of iniquity to play mega-slut Charlie McCarthy once more to Michael Cretu’s Edgar Bergen, amping her breathy babblings for the sake of Benedictine-monk-intact remixes. As the luck of regular plebs would have it, the included version of “Return to Innocence,” the piece anyone with ears has heard before, is destroyed, the Native American dude’s “hi-yi-yaa”s chopped into strobe-light mincemeat, further proof that every artist detests his or her biggest hit so deeply that they constantly fantasize about killing it once and for all no matter how many remixes it takes. Elsewhere, Enigma fans who likewise never have to hear “Return” again will be pretty pleased despite the short weight of the package; at 9 songs there’s not a lot of bang (nudge) for the buck, but what bang there is receives state-of-the-art treatment, deepening the house and trance flavors of the originals and presenting a sincere challenge to the Digweeds of the world. B+E.W.S.