Various Artists

This Is Trance Life

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This Is Trance Life serves as an exploitative attempt to cash in on the alarming popularity of the musical style at the end of the '90s. This budget-priced compilation features a handful of brand name producers -- ATB, Paul Van Dyk, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, and BT -- along with some of the most popular trance anthems ever: "Heaven Scent," "Don't Stop," "Another Way," "Kinetic," and "Bullet in the Gun." These names and songs are licensed to sell the album, and, in all honesty, they probably should; Bedrock's "Heaven Scent" and Paul Van Dyk's "Another Way" are beautiful songs that cannot help but appeal to the masses. Unfortunately, this jumbo compilation also includes plenty of terrible filler. Songs such as DJ Raq's "Hyena Laugh" and many others not even worth mentioning are nothing more than bland attempts at anthems that simply recycle proven trance clichés. These songs can make this album unlistenable at times. Sure, there are some songs worth listening to here, but one has to continually skips tracks to find them without have to endure garbage. The accompanying mix CD by DJ Storm is a nice bonus but isn't separated into separate tracks, meaning that one must listen to the mix the whole way through if one is to reach the end or just a specific moment of the set. While the few good songs on this album are worth hearing, they can be found elsewhere, making this unmixed compilation of primarily bad trance an album worth skipping.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
48:19
2
06:53
3
06:17
4
07:06
5
05:56
6
03:01
7
06:56
8
09:03
9
08:01
10
07:39
11
07:08
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