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Only for the Headstrong: The Ultimate Rave Compilation [FFRR, 1992]
Live and on the compilations that have become a soundtrack-strength proposition in the U.K., most techno is too squiggly for nondancers if not noncyborgs--the generation that's evolved to where switched-on Bach qualifies as a golden oldie has yet to reveal itself to SoundScan. But with its lower registers, human voices, and sound-effect hooks, you could almost say this one rocks. When undulating femme chorus meets percussive computer hook on the Utah Saints' "What Can You Do for Me" and DSK's "What Would We Do," it's sci-fi pop you can believe in. No way are nondancers tired of the house riff yet. Of course you know it. A-