Various Artists

Forever Summer, Vol. 2: All Good Times

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Fifteen tracks that start off in a mellow mood, courtesy of "All the Good Times" by Lia & the Wave -- before slipping into a more intense groove on "That's My Story" by Cracked Ice. From there, it's into a rougher, harder soul sound on "I Know It's Hard But It's Fair," from the Holiday Band, who recall Rufus Thomas in his prime, and back to a pop-soul context on Becky Fox Baldwin's "Just the Way You Are." The shifting moods and styles aren't a problem here, however, as the quality of everything on this collection ranges from good to excellent, musically speaking -- there's not a wasted track anywhere, and if this collection allows one to discover the delights of acts such as the Band of Oz, well then, it's serving a higher purpose, beyond being one good dance party collection.