I'm a big fan of the Ministry of Sound's more laid-back collections, and the Chillout series is a great way to be introduced to 'intelligent' artists and styles you won't often hear elsewhere. But this album is a long way short of some of the earlier efforts, and I question whether many of the tracks are Chillout at all.
The best Chillout tracks are a downbeat blend of electronic drum & bass, samples and novelty synthesiser noises with more traditional accoustic instruments and vocals, in just the right proportions to send a mellow ripple through your body. There is almost none of that here.
It's not that they aren't fairly decent music, rather they just don't belong to this genre: if you feel yourself wanting to dance to it, then it ain't Chillout. So many tracks are overtly pop, R&B or disco (Leo Sayer's Thunder in My Heart, for goodness sake.) And while on the one hand the thumping baseline of Be My Friend (among others) definitely didn't make me feel chilled, neither did Katie Mehlua wailing about all those bicycles in China. Just because it's slow and she sounds miserable, doesn't make it Chillout. And a special mention for that awful novelty 'JCB Song' - what that's doing here I just don't know.
There are a few gems, such as La Ritournelle, Dayvan Cowboy, and So In Love With You, but there's too much rough and not enough diamonds. For me the MoS series peaked in 2003 with "Late Night Sessions", and I recommend you buy that album instead of this one.