Having bought this album after hearing it playing in the hairdressers (!), I was not dissappointed. There are so many songs I recognised that I didn't even realise were Groove Armada's and there's a real mix of chill out songs along with dance/pop, so whatever mood you're in this album will give you a lift! I don't think this album will ever sound out-dated, it's great!
A quick listen to this album will prove them wrong! Part of the musical fabric of our nation! Everyone who's been alive in the UK in the last few years will know at least 2 of the tunes in here. Perhaps, contrary to what others have said, it's not ideal for the die-hard fans who already have all their albums (like me!), but perfect for someone who wants to get into GA for the first-time. From a band whose music has progressed so much, excelling at whatever style they choose to put their hands to, from laid-back chill-out to dance-floor house, there's something in here for everyone to love.
Though some of these tracks have been played to death of the years, they still bring a smile to my face, so i guess you could say they should stand the test of time. All in all a worthy addition to anybodies collection. Only compliant i have i why was Suntoucher excluded? it would have been perfect just after superstylin in the track selection. That kind of spoils it for me.
Groove Armada, who have been riding the infamously thickle wave of dance and electronica music since thier debut in 1999, are without question one of the true founding fathers of the current generation of thier genre. Perhaps thier most impressive ability has been to smoothly shift from style to style, dominating every area of thier genre that they have choosen to explore. From the floor-filling club exploder that is "I See You Baby" to the downtempo "At The River", which almost singlehandedly brought about the massive chill-out explosion of a few years ago, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have always reinvinted and dominated. This collection, a compact collection that profiles the past 6 years of Groove Armada is a very accessible and highly enjoyable album. Perfect for those who are looking for a way to get in on the Armada action, but to whome thier rather large back catalogue looks a bit daunting. High Points of the release include one of my personal favourites "Inside My Mind (Blue Skies)", a downtempo 9-Minute beauty that perfectly describes what all chill-out and downtempo wants to be, but what few tracks from said genre actually are. Totally outstanding. "Superstylin'", a big club favourite from 2001 is a masterclass in how to send a dancefloor insane, While far moodier tracks like "Easy" and "Think Twice" provide some lyrical depth to the proceedings. But that's not to say these are the only stand out tracks here. Being a "Best Of", as you'd expect, the whole album can run from start to finish without even the suggestion of a 'filler' in sight. Groove Armada is a musical experience that nobody above the age of 16 should be without. While thier lengthly back catalogue is without doubt a joy to explore, this collection takes away any exuses from those who don't already own any of the duo's work.
Excellent bargain deal for lots of funky songs: Check the playlist and I'm sure you recognize these hits. Even the lesser knowns are worthwhile. I didn't keep track of this band (group of DJ's?) but I so loved that lounge hit MY FRIEND, with a videoclip about an office girl dreaming about her sunny holiday. What about the catchy hitsong IF EVERYBODY LOOKED THE SAME? You know we'd be tired of looking at eachother! The dozen hits end with BUT I FEEL GOOD, a reggae mix with trumpets and contagious lyrics. The Best of Groove Armada
I bought this album for a friend for christmas and i think its great, as much when you are cooking or just chilling at home or when you drive around it is great to listen to. The songs follow each over comfortably. I don't really like the order they where put in but i guess that depends on each others taste. hope this helps.
One of those albums filled with songs you here and go 'oooh i wander who this is'. We get through alot of copies of this, whenever we go on holiday it comes to , its the official driving cd. Will always remind me of the first holiday i took with my partner to wales to see the WRC , we played this all the way there and back LOVE IT!
i've never heard of groove armada before, so my brother bought me the album i till now i'm just hooked on it, and the way each track switches from each other is so smooth and slick it and it convert me from hip hop to this kind og genre it sooooo cool especially playing it at full blast in the car