With its 41 tracks and magazine-sized booklet, Ministry of Sound's Clubber's Guide to...2000 does its best to sum up the state of the U.K.'s club scene at the dawn of the century. As an advertisement for this culture the CD succeeds, presenting a large sample of house, garage, and trance tunes along with editorials on different aspects of the U.K.'s scene, such as festivals, clubs, Ibiza, and new albums. But for as great as this record functions as a marketing tool, it just doesn't compare to the other endless DJ-mix CDs available in 2000. There is no denying the fact that Judge Jules knows his records and knows how to mix them. Unfortunately, he seems more interested in playing as many popular records for his listeners as possible than he seems interested in piecing together a great CD. Neither the first disc of house and garage songs nor the second disc of trance follow any sort of path, instead just being a collection of popular songs following one another with little apparent logic. And for every Basement Jaxx, Timo Maas, and Oliver Lieb, there are a handful of lackluster songs that dilute the quality of this album. It would be a much better mix if Jules would play out the better songs and cut out the weaker songs. Furthermore, a sense of flow or continuation would also help establish some sort of consistent motif, especially on the second disc of trance where Jules drops one monstrous progressive trance anthem after another. On the surface, this CD may seem attractive with its big booklet and large number of hit songs, but musically this record sounds like a jumbled mess of otherwise quality songs that is ultimately ruined by Jules' decision to jam too many hits onto the album rather than craft a consistent mood or motif.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2