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Groove Station, Vol. 8

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The Groove Station series is to Canada what Now That's What I Call Music is to America. Each volume presents a collection of pop, hip-hop, and dance tracks that were all hits of varying degrees over a particular period of chart activity. Groove Station, Vol. 8 appeared in October 2002; appropriately, it features Pink's ubiquitous "Get the Party Started," the underrated Britney Spears makeout track "I'm a Slave 4 U," Blu Cantrell's sleeper hit "Hit 'Em up Style (Oops!)," and the worldwide Euro-house smash (and Bryan Adams cover song) "Heaven" from DJ Sammy. Lesser material includes the boring modern soul of 112's "Dance With Me" and "Let's Stay Home Tonight" from Joe. Groove Station also features a larger percentage of house/trance cuts than some listeners might be able to tolerate. While DJ Sammy's aforementioned cover of "Heaven" is worth owning for sheer posterity, weaker tracks like Laut Sprecher's "Omnibus" and Aquagen's predictable reworking of Chicago's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" bog down this otherwise enjoyable collection of hits.

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