Volume number two in the modestly titled series sets up a boast that's hard to deliver. But for the pinprick in time and genre it sets out to encapsulate, That Trance Mix, Vol. 2: The Best in Uplifting and Hard Trance does a relatively good job of it. CDJ mixed by Christian Dwiggins, the two-disc set surprisingly does hold a candle to the name-brand mixes with the Van Dyk/Oakenfold superstars on the spine. Moonshine obviously paid out the licensing fees to do it properly, with top-flight producers including Ferry Corsten, Christopher Lawrence, Blank & Jones, and Moby among the credits. Slanted toward a commercial audience, it's slightly more melodic than the rut of trance mixes, but easily recognizable from its streamlined flow; Corsten's "Punk" is one of the few tracks that makes an impression individually, though the third-gen remix of the Ibiza classic "Café del Mar" (originally by Energy 52, here redone by Marco V) on the second disc captures the sublime feeling of the original.
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AllMusic Review by John Bush