Various Artists

Party Central

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Party Central Review

by Bradley Torreano

Party Central is a collection of popular dance and pop songs from the '80s and '90s thrown onto one disc. Where most collections like this try to blend a few tracks that do not really fit in throughout the album, this particular album tries a method that is quite agreeable: simply put the offending songs at the very end of the album. Everything up until C&C Music Factory's "Things That Make You Go Hmmm" is good, recognizable dance music (with the possible exception of the Exposé track). But after that point, minor hits from Pebbles, Sheena Easton, and Dino bring up the rear with their mildly recognizable dance anthems. Cathy Dennis' "All Night Long (Touch Me)" is actually the very last track, and it arguably does not belong among the last tracks. But what that leaves the listener with is at least 13 songs that can be played back-to-back without much fuss, and at least one more song at the very end that is equally as good. That is a very good average for the dance CD market, making this an appealing buy for someone looking for a party-friendly disc that does not involve skipping every other song.

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