I own all three Trancemode releases, and I am disappointed in this one. I would even speculate that this is probably the last one we'll see. The first Trancemode was excellent, the second one was good, but not earth shattering like its predecessor. This one, the third one, is an attempt to "threepeat" without minding what made the first two so good.
Allow me explain why I'm contributing my first negative review. There are two kinds of electronic music: the good kind, which presents melodies, melodic evolution, solid beats, base, and it has a groove or some memorable element. Then you have the bad kind - an endless sequencer loop with little artistically and substantively remarkable that will leave you wondering if the needle is stuck on an LP. To describe the Trancemode series puts this third release in the sequencer loop category, in a polar contrast with the first release. It seems like they just didn't make as much of an effort in Trancemode3 - in every respect: quality of music (which granted is subjective), audio production (over-compressed, nothing dynamic - it's just all loud) and even the jewel case (paper folding thing that doesn't fit in any CD furniture.)
The only redeeming quality is that they included a second CD, a 20 odd minute "mega-mix" which echoes an industrial techno club from the late 80's. It too is loud. Don't get me wrong I do like loud techno, but this is no LA Style.
I am a huge DM fan, and a huge electronic music fan; so the marriage of the two should automatically be heavenly; but I'm sorry to say that Trancemode3 doesn't cut the mustard. On the other hand, if you don't have Trancemode1, get it - it's as good as it gets - on a scale of 1 to 5 Trancemode1 is a 5. If you need more, get Trancemode2, but understand that it'll be a little shy of a perfect 5. If you must get Trancemode3 set your expectations accordingly, and get a spare jewel case.