Whew, I can't get enough of this 2-CD set! The value can't be beat: for the price of one good CD, this set provides TWO awesome CD's of music to dance, chill or get down and dirty to. I bought this set for the 3 Juno Reactor songs--they are the group playing that African, primal, erotic, high energy, BASS thumping sexy dance music while Neo & Trinity are getting it on in the Matrix film, and the entire population seems to be dancing wildly (to Juno's "Teahouse"). Only one disappointment--not in the CD's but that "Teahouse" was only ONE minute long, while in the movie it lasted at least ten minutes. I would pay $16 for one CD of the thumping extended play version used in the movie, on repeat! :-)
I have a perhaps unique, full-body, visceral reaction to music like this--my hair stands up, I get goose bumps everywhere, my skin literally seems to vibrate, my breathing quickens and deepends, my ears and body hungry for more of the same and I can sound and feel as if I'm having sex by just listening to--or experiencing--music like this. I have a new addiction to the Trance (Drum & Bass heavy type especially) style that this CD-set represents. I've enjoyed industrial & techno style music for over 20 years, long before it was "cool" or readily available to buy. Still, this blend of styles labeled Trance now has my full attention.
Fletcher did a better job of reviewing this CD-set track by track, so I gave a more emotional, experiential review of how this music FEELS. The heavy metal parts of this music are of the high quality type where one can actually hear the words without screaming distortions garbling lyric recognition. Must be enough people complained about the original Matrix soundtrack CD not having ANY of the good stuff from the movie, so Matrix makers released this ENHANCED version? Whatever works, keep it up! You get more bang for your buck with this CD-set than any other Matrix soundtrack compilation.