Olympic fever is at a high once again in 2012, with all attention placed on London as major athletes from countries around the world flock into the city to compete for golden medals.
And what better to dive into the Olympic season with a non-stop workout mix?
The Workout Mix - London 2012 is a compilation album of an eclectic mix of popular Top 40, dance and electronica numbers that will get the heart pumping and the morale high. A non-stop mix is such that the beginning and end of each song is melded into one, but since they cut it into 18 different tracks, I'm not sure if the producers of the album actually wanted us to listen to it with shuffling, because then it would not make much sense anymore as a non-stop mix.
Many of the songs are also remixed versions, such as summer hit Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, which has been lengthened close to six minutes. It gets a little annoying after a while when you keep hearing the phrase "I miss you so bad" on extended play in the intro of the song. Hip-hop / rap act Rizzle Kicks also feature on the remix side of things with Mama do the Hump. However, that was badly remixed, and it only seems to make the vocalists come off as being on steroids.
I like how they included Jessie J's Domino and Nicki Minaj's Starships, which are two well-crafted, high energy songs that are great for working up a sweat on the treadmill. Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory and Madonna's Give Me All Your Luvin' can also be found on the disc, which says a lot about the feminine showing on the workout mix. However, female empowerment aside, British electronic duo Nero also feature on the album with their mid-tempo dizzying number Must Be The Feeling. Bands like Far East Movement, Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO also have their chart-topping hits listed in the mix.
As a workout mix, the tracks work, individually; but I'm not really seeing a cohesiveness in the album, which is why I would not use this at all when I'm working out. I would end up clicking past most of the songs anyway. At least they know when to slow things down with some Lana Del Rey at the end for the listener to catch his or her breath.
Track Cuts: Born to Die, Domino, Must Be the Feeling