Various Artists

Now Dance 2005

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Now Dance is spun off from the original and extremely successful Now That's What I Call Music! series, released by Virgin/EMI in the U.K. While often as pop-oriented as the original series, Now Dance focuses on club-chart hits. Most of the tracks on the 2005 two-disc set were at their popular peak during the latter half of 2004, including Scent's "Up and Down," the Richard X remix of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence," the E-Smoove remix of Kelis' "Trick Me," Stonebridge's "Put 'Em High," Shapeshifters' "Lola's Theme," and Soul Central's "Strings of Life." Most of the inclusions won't be remembered after a couple years, but this series has a lot more to do with timeliness than timelessness. Regardless, the point in time covered here was far from a golden age for U.K. dance music.

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