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Webster Hall's Tranzformed

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Another in a series of trance mixes released in the early 2000s bearing the Webster Hall brand. One of New York's more recognized venues for progressive trance music, Webster Hall never went out of its way to release quality mix albums, despite its popular reputation. As a result, you get a lot of unknown producers offering over-the-top dance music -- the sort of dance music you associate with the Friday-night handbag crowd, lots of glowsticks, and too much ecstasy. Not to say that there aren't some highlights here. There are; they're just few and far between and tend to be more novelty than anything. A step down from the Paul Oakenfold school of trance mixes and not even close to being in the same league as the Global Underground or Transport series, the Webster Hall albums tend to be overblown and overly trendy. For the most part, Tranzformations fits into this generalization like any commercial-minded sequel probably should. Don't bother with this unless you have a taste for over-the-top dance music or feel extraordinarily loyal to the brand.

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