Various Artists

Freestyle Heaven, Vol. 3

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Having scored a substantial level of success with the first Freestyle Heaven album in 1999, the SPG label returned with not one but two volumes in 2001, both released in September of that year. And, like most sequels, Vol. 3 indeed reprises the formula that proved so successful on the first album. In particular, the style is not so much freestyle in the classic, traditional view of the style, but rather a more polished update incorporating progressive elements and plenty of trance-like synth riffs. In essence, it's freestyle synthesized with late-'90s progressive music -- a trendy blend that is more of the moment than timeless. If you're both an admirer of freestyle and progressive, then you might want to check this album out, even though it's not a particularly stellar collection and doesn't feature any prominent artists.

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