Various Artists

Dance Nation: Your Big Night Out

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Boasting lots of recognizable pop stars and contemporary smash hits, Dance Nation: Your Big Night Out looks like a promising dance music compilation, and with 50 tracks spread out across three CDs, there's plenty of music for an affordable price. On the surface, Dance Nation: Your Big Night Out resembles one of the multi-volume Clubland albums that proved so popular in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the tracks compiled on Dance Nation: Your Big Night Out are almost all remixes by no-name producers such as Bass Force (who is credited with remixing six tracks), and they're generally awful. One of few exceptions is the Crookers remix of Kid Cudi's "Day 'n' Night," a highlight of the third disc. The label behind this compilation, Hard2Beat (aka Dance Nation), specializes in dance music at its cheapest, a rave-fashioned style sometimes referred to as hard house or hard trance that is oriented toward unsophisticated consumers, adolescents in particular (hence the subtitle "Your Big Night Out"). For those who enjoy this style of music, Dance Nation: Your Big Night Out is front-loaded with remixes of pop hits including Calvin Harris' "I'm Not Alone," Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," Jordin Sparks' "One Step at a Time," Basshunter's "Walk on Water," Britney Spears' "Womanizer," Christina Aguilera's "Keeps Getting Better," and Madcon's "Beggin'." These front-loaded pop hits are outweighed by lots of generic songs by obscure artists, keep in mind, and it's all mixed with utter carelessness.