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Thrivemix Presents Dance Nation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2010
Of all the dance compilations available, and there are indeed many, the ThriveMix label has been one of the more consistently reliable, putting out CDs that feature a nice blend of hits from current, popular artists and lesser-known dance ingenues. With Dance Nation, you still get a good handful of techno pop from the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, and Cascada, but this disc also seems to mark the beginning of Thrive's turn on the hip-hop bandwagon which is slightly disappointing to me, though not at all surprising since that seems to be the way American radio is heading these days (unfortunately). Literally HALF of the album is made up of R&B songs that have been reworked into dancefloor anthems, and the results are somewhat sketchy. The tracks from Akon, David Guetta, and Jay Sean actually work really well here and don't break the high energy flow of the CD, while others from Zuper Blahq and Kanye West sound like they're straight out of the ghetto. Not to slam the whole hip-hop genre or anything, because like I said, some of it translates over extemely well to the dancefloor. But I also think the typical target audience for dance compilations like this probably isn't much interested in that style of music to begin with, and therefor doesn't need half a CD's worth of it. Normally I would love the idea of incorporating many different sounds into one, but this is plain overkill and makes Dance Nation a very uneven collection, if not misrepresented. In the end, it still has a number of tracks left that make it worth a listen, like the surprisingly well-crafted Celine Dion-esque cover of Wild Horses, and the editing/transitions are nothing to complain about. Just don't be surprised if you find your finger wandering towards the skip button every now and then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2010
I bought this thinking it was a compilation of songs, untouched and not remixed. I didn't read the label. However, compared to the originals, they made the songs much better than the originals, so it was a good mistake.

Yes, they are usually between 3-4 minutes, but I can't complain, I think it helps make it more timeless and CD that stays in the player longer without going stale like so many over mixed, overly drawn out mixes filled with boring drum beats with no substance. These songs have all the substance from beginning to end, and as a result, I can't get enough of this CD. I can't get them out of my head even long after I stop listening to them.

I actually like how the songs blend together and it flows from one song to another. It's done professionally and artistically. There are a couple songs I can do without, "I'm in the House" and "Sexy Bi---", but other than that, and like I said earlier, all of these songs and much better than the originals.

If I had to sum it up, if someone had a contest to create the best mixes, these are the winners. That's what seems to be how this CD came to be, it's timeless, not disposable, something you'll enjoy for decades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Thrivemix Presents Dance Nation" is an exhilarative assortment of 16 dance/pop/electronic hits. The following is a sampler of the electrifying tunes available on this music set."Down" Feat. Lil Wayne (Jason Nevins Remix) by Jay Sean, "For Your Entertainment" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Remix) by Adam Lambert,"Poker Face" (Jody Den Broeder Remix) by Lady Gaga, "Two Is Better Than One" Feat. Taylor Swift (Mike Rizzo Radio Remix) by Boys Like Girls, "Walking On A Dream" (Sam LaMore Remix) by Empire Of The Sun, "Celebration"(Oakenfold Remix) by Madonna, "Sexy" Feat. Akon (Abel Ramos Atlanta With Love Mix) by David Guetta, and "Evacuate The Dancefloor" (Cahill Remix) by Cascada.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2010
It's been awhile since we've seen a dance comp from Thrive and this one does deliever some big remixes (cahill, bimbo jones, jason nevins, etc) but as usual, Thrive keeps the lengths short. Many songs on Dance Nation run between 3-4 minutes which makes you want more. However, you do get over 5 minutes of For Your Entertainment mixed by Bimbo Jones. DJ Skribble returns to do the mixing here. The mixing here is good. (actually loved his mixing on thrivemix 04).

i would recommend this cd with ultra dance 11 which also has some great mixes on it as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
"I'm In Da House" was a lesser known Gem I wouldnt have found without it, Steve Aoki is a talented DJ and made a great song, Dont listen to the other commentors who know nothing about music beyond Justin Timberlake.

"Im in da House" was well worth the CD alone and my fave song, We played it over and over on a road trip.

Im looking forward to buying others in the series so I can find other gems beyond the overplayed mainstream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
Compilation has too many pop songs for my taste. Granted, although they are songs you have already heard on the radio, at least these are dance versions/remixes that are not heard on the radio. Also, some of the songs included are outdated, e.g., Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say" was released back in 2009...
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