Various - Classic Trance Anthems
The PR release for Classic Trance Anthems accuses us critics of poking fun at the genre. Surely not! As trance compilations go, however, this one ain't bad - that's to say it's a mixed bag rather than outright rubbish.
CD1 is where the majority of the big hits lie. But do we really need to hear DJ Sammy or Ian Van Dahl again? Actually, they are by no means the worst offenders featured. Protect Your Mind (For The Love Of A Princess), which supposedly samples music from Braveheart, practically defines the term "cringe-worthy", and the popularity of Robert Miles' comatose Children remains baffling. On the plus side, there are good tunes from Paul van Dyk, Matt Darey and Underworld. (Underworld? A quick straw poll concluded Born Slippy is about as trance as Run To The Hills.)
If discs two and three aren't quite so loaded with chart hits, most of the tracks will still be familiar to fans of the genre. Mystery Land is nicely atmospheric, while Loneliness and As The Rush Comes are two of the better mainstream dance offerings in recent memory. Again, there's no escaping the stinkers: Communication (Somebody Answer The Phone) is enough to inspire mobile phone genocide and Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now), adding a would-be Goth element from The Lost Boys, sucks just as badly as ever.
Classic Trance Anthems won't convert any haters, but those willing to give trance a chance should find some diamonds amongst the brown gooey stuff.