Pure Dance 2002 covers several well-known dance anthems popular that year thanks to commercial radio and television play and gently sprinkles several club anthems into the mix for good measure. A wide range of sounds and grooves are represented here, from Missy Elliott's and Tweet's seductive but minimal productions to the obnoxious hi-energy anthems of DJ Sammy (whose reinterpretation of Bryan Adams' "Heaven" is surreal, horrific, and wonderful simultaneously). And while everyone's musical tastes are accounted for, listeners with refined pallettes may find themselves skipping through the CD to find the various portions they like. However, casual listeners will find this a very accurate and diverse portrait of the state of dance music and will welcome all of the hits with open hands in the air, waving them like they just don't care. Or something.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston