Enter Absolute High-Energy Vol.2, an utterly inexplicable attempt to tap into the worst excesses of that quintessential decade of excess, the 80s and its kitsch disco-spawned sibling "Hi-NRG".
It's an unashamed nostalgic time travel back to carefree dance floor fun with 34 original chart hits and misses seamlessly beat mixed into each other. Actually, it's more like browsing through a bargain bin of long since deleted no hit wonders. Everyone from Hazel Dean ("They Say it's Gonna Rain"), Matt Bianco ("Wap Bam Boogie"), the Communards ("Don't Leave me this Way") and Fun Fun ("Happy Station") to Sandra ("Maria Magdalena"), Animotion ("Obsession") and Laura Branigan ("Self Control") make an appearance.
As Evelyn Thomas' micro-genre defining anthem "High Energy" shows it's all horrible synthesiser swathes, tone-deaf inducing drums and lowest common denominator vocal chants. Even poppets Bananarama sound bored with their limp take on "Love in the First Degree". And the inclusion of Eartha Kitt's transvestite romp "Where is My Man" shows just how low the compilers are prepared to go.
It's left to Modern Talking's "Brother Louie" to wipe away any redemptive ironic spring that might creep into your step.
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