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The good, the bad, and the ugly
on March 21, 2002
I've got mixed opinions on this compilation so I can't really lean one way or another, which is why I figured 3 stars would suit this review the best. The biggest complaint here seems to be the truly lousy mixing, for which lousy is too good of a word in some cases. Many of the songs just crash and bang right into one another, having virtually nothing lead them into each other, such as "Omnibus" to Miss Jane's "It's A Fine Day", as well as So-Real's "You Take My Breath Away" to York's "On The Beach", while most of the other lead-ins are average at best, the best being between Darude's "Sandstorm" and "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma.
Other than the choppy and disorganized mixing by The Happy Boys, there are some noteworthy songs on here, such as that of "Sandstorm" by Darude, "Escape" by Kay Cee, "Castles In The Sky" by Ian Van Dahl and "On The Beach" by York. Those tracks are really the only "trance" ones as the majority of the rest of the songs are more female-vocalized dance or house music, a lot of which was disappointing to my ear. The Sarina Paris; "Look At Us" and "Omnibus" really made me cringe and should've been tossed off this, while on the other hand Rui Da Silva's "Touch Me", Fragma's "Toca's Miracle", Sulk's "Only You", and "It's A Fine Day" by Miss Jane were satisfying.
If you want a long story to be short, a lot of this isn't really trance, but is satisfying dance for the mostpart, other than the few obviously ridiculous tracks. In some songs, the typical pop length of 3 and a half minutes is greatly appreciated while in some of the others it leaves the listener wanting more. Hardcore trance fans won't have to bother with this. People new to the genre or the more mainstream stuff will dig it. I rest somewhere in between.