began 2011 with her much-anticipated sophomore set, Born This Way
, and she ends the year with Born This Way: The Remix
, a 14-track collection of revisions and remixes of some, but not all, of the songs on the album. There are some marquee names here -- whether perennials like Goldfrapp
or 2011 sensations Foster the People
, Twin Shadow
, and the Weeknd -- and some remixes take considerable liberty, ditching verses or hooks, whatever catches their fancy. So, it’s a remix album not for fairweather travelers but rather the hardcore Little Monsters, the kind who love every gesture grand or small from Gaga
, but it also displays enough imagination to appeal to those listeners who fall into neither camp and are only looking for some darkly elastic dance.