International release for the London-based electronica/dance duo. This best of gathers the hits of the group, since their 1st album Northern Star in 1999 to the last Lovebox in 2003, plus one new track, 'All of Me'. Highlights include, 'I See You Baby' (Fatboy Slim Remix), 'At the River', 'Superstylin', 'My Friend' and more. BMG. 2004.
The Best of Groove Armada
charts the success of one of the UK's most popular dance acts. Featuring the biggest hits from their last three albums, this anthology of their time on the Jive label is packed with downbeat and upbeat anthems, and an array of music as heard in film, television and radio.
The subdued intro and trombone melody of "Superstylin" opens the collection softly with the now legendary bassline kicking in for a perfect euphoric moment. Other upbeat anthems include the piano house of "If Everybody Looked the Same," the Fatboy Slim mix of Gramma Funk's "I See You Baby" (both of which have been used to sell cars) and the more recent disco hit, "Easy." However, although Tom Findlay and Andy Kato pack dance floors every weekend, it's their downbeat soul that receives most attention, partly due to the "chillout" explosion of 2000 that made "At the River" a classic of the genre. With their last album Lovebox, GA showed a more versatile, band-influenced side with songs like the Status Quo sampling "Purple Haze," the rocky "Madder," and fun-loving ska of "But I Feel Good".
The Best of Groove Armada is a great selection of songs showing the diversity and musical progression of the band, a perfect introduction for the un-initiated and a good collection for those already converted. --Georgina Collins