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Total Dance 2008, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

Like the first volume in Thrive Music's series of Total Dance 2008 mix albums, the second volume strings together club remixes of contemporary pop hits, 16 of them in all. Most of these songs should be familiar to anyone who either listens to pop radio or watches MTV on a regular basis: the biggest hits include Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," Britney Spears' "Piece of Me," Flo Rida's "Elevator," Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," Estelle's "American Boy," and Kanye West's "Stronger." However, the inclusion of numerous international pop hits toward the end of the mix (Kylie Minogue's "All I See," Supafly Inc.'s "Be Together," Robyn's "Handle Me," Cascada's "What Do You Want from Me," Natasha Bedingfield's "Love Like This") may strike a chord of unfamiliarity for some Americans. The seamless mix is credited to Stryker, a Los Angeles-based radio personality who is the featured DJ on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime television talk show,The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He lets the songs play, for the most part, and keeps the tempo high throughout. The remixes aren't especially creative -- in most cases, the original version of the song plus bass-heavy club beats and shimmering electronic effects -- yet this should please those who enjoy high-energy club music that isn't techno, house, trance, or anything else exotic or unfamiliar.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Katy Perry 05:22 Amazon
2 Danity Kane 05:42 Amazon
3 Britney Spears 05:40 Amazon
4 Sean Kingston 03:28 Amazon
5 Flo Rida 02:49 Amazon
6 Missy Elliott 03:53 Amazon
7 Chris Brown 04:08 Amazon
8 Travis McCoy / Tyga 03:19 Amazon
9 Soulja Boy / Fergie 03:28 Amazon
10 Kylie Minogue 03:32 Amazon
11 Estelle / Estelle Swaray 05:54 Amazon
12 Supafly, Inc. 06:00 Amazon
13 Robyn 04:48 Amazon
14 Cascada 05:35 Amazon
15 Natasha Bedingfield 05:40 Amazon
16 Kanye West 04:01 Amazon
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