Trance music is having a bit of a hard time of it in the UK. Cheesy 80s-sampling disco numbers and Cascada-style "bosh bosh bosh" is alive and well but 'serious' or 'proper' trance music seems to have vanished.
It's a couple of years old now but "Bloom" is a reminder that it's actually alive and well, and living in America. Confident quality productions from Gabriel & Dresden themselves mix smoothly into some of their remixes of other acts (Lili Haydn and Above & Beyond) and a handful of tracks that G&D did not themselves have a hand in.
CD1 is a more straightforward clubbing mix, CD2 is more varied and throws in chunks of electro, as well as a proper acoustic number to round it all off. I really like the energy levels of each mix- they're high but not too high. You could just dance to this mix, but you could also do your accounts to it... or is that just me?
If back in the mid and late 90s you enjoyed the mixes of Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, but you're a bit tired of the more mindless harder stuff that seems in vogue nowadays, then this is the compilation you've been looking for.