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Best of House Music, Vol. 2: Gotta Have House

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House music's detractors vehemently insist that it all sounds alike, which couldn't be farther from the truth. With its second Best of House Music compilation, Profile once again showed listeners that house is far from one-dimensional. Those who prefer house's warmer, more vocal-oriented side found much to admire in the inviting and very musical "deep house" of Kechia Jenkins' "I Need Somebody" and remixes of Natalie Cole's hit "Pink Cadillac" and British R&B group Imagination's "Instinctual," while house's more producer-oriented side is exemplified by Royal House's "Can You Party," Jeanette "J.T." Thomas' "Shake Your Body" and Kraze's raucous "The Party." On "I Need Somebody," vocals are everything -- whereas on LNR's dissonant and not very musical "Work It to the Bone," it's all about the producer and the track. House fans were already more than familar with most of this material when Profile released this CD in 1988, but for those first exploring house, it served as an engaging and informative introduction.

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