Album Review: Breathe (EP)

The second single from Michelle Branch’s Hotel Paper album was the song Breathe.  In this particular EP, eight versions of this song are available, making this a worthwhile if moderately obscure release for the talented singer, and making the EP a test of recognizing the differences between the various versions.  If you like the album song and enjoyed hearing it become a top 40 hit on the radio in the early 2000’s, then this is likely going to be the sort of release that one might enjoy a great deal.  A track-by-track version follows.

Album Version:  The album track is a well-balanced mid-tempo number with a driving chorus about a dysfunctional relationship where the narrator needs breathe and feel that everything is alright.  At three and a half minutes, it makes for an obvious single release for radio.

The Passengerz Tuff Club:  This ambient club mix takes the original song and expands it to more than twice its original length with some Robert Milesish effects and a driving beat.  If you don’t care about the lyrics so much but want a song to dance to in the club, this is a good option.

Chris Cox Penetrating Club Mix:  The longest track here at just under nine minutes, this version is repetitive and suitable for club play as well with a breathy beginning and an upbeat tempo along with some alarm songs that sound like they came off a Chris Brown song.  I can’t imagine this being an edit that I will listen to often, but I can see its appeal for some audiences.

Sean Konnery Resportator Club Mix:  This is a pretty good club mix with a nice beat and intriguing vocal effects.  I could see myself listening to this mix on occasion even if dance mixes are not my general cup of tea.  It does present an interesting argument for remixing of familiar songs, though.

Dave Hernandez Club Mix:  Coming in at seven and a half minutes, this club mix features clear vocals and a nice synth effect.  This is my favorite of the club mixes so far, given its fairly gentle approach.  I suppose my taste in club music is fairly tame, I must admit.  This is an interesting collection of remixes as a whole so far, though.

High Bias Radio Mix:  I could see this track getting some radio play and it’s a good track, although not quite as good as the original in my book.  At least some of the effects are pretty nice as a change of pace, and I could see this getting some club play as well or some play on Saturday nights.

The Passengerz Tuff Radio:  The lyrics are clearer here than on the club remix, but the mix is about equal with the previous track.  It’s a good track for Saturday night remix radio, but not something I can imagine hearing or wanting to hear on a regular basis.

Sean Konnery Resportator Radio Edit:  At over 4 minutes this is a bit long for a radio mix, and with less distinct vocals than the rest of the radio mixes, along with a more pronounced beat.  In my opinion, this is the weakest of the radio tracks, only because I actually like the lyrics of the song and their meaning, and find the club remixes pretty unimpressive as a whole.

Is this a worthwhile listen?  Maybe.  Do you like “Breathe” as a song?  Do you like club remixes and dance beats?  If so than this will be an excellent listen.  As for me, I preferred the album version by far to any of the remixes included, so this definitely qualifies as an inessential listen, no fault for Michelle Branch [1] herself, but rather a fairly uninspiring group of remixers.

[1] See, for example:

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