**** Grundsätzlich hat eine "Best Of" dieser tollen Band - sozusagen die Roxette der späten 1990er -, die sich leider viel zu früh (nach nur 2 Alben) aufgelöst hat, natürlich eine hohe Note (wenn nicht gar die Bestnote) verdient, doch die Songauswahl gefällt mir hier nicht besonders ... vor allem, weil zu wenige (bzw. die falschen) Songs des von mir eindeutig bevorzugten 1. Albums enthalten sind ... Nette Ergänzung dafür: die beiden Solo-Songs von Darren Hayes (vor allem "So Beautiful"). Last edited: 06.11.2011 12:58
***** Would have expected this greatest hits to have charted higher here in the UK as SG were a big top 10 act here. Also surprised the album didn't last longer on the charts as both studio albums spent a year on the charts. This is a great pop rock collection of familiar tunes and big hits.
6 weeks in the UK top 100.
UK#25. Ireland#21. Greece#33.
100,000 copies sold in the UK. Last edited: 20.04.2017 17:56
***** The overall quality of the music on this compilation is what earns it a 5-star rating. Though, a 6-star rating was begging if it was truly a "best of" compilation and therefore included some of the best album tracks as well, otherwise it becomes a "greatest hits" or "singles collection" album.
This compilation is pretty much a singles collection which features most of the worldwide releases (with the exception of the Japan-only "Santa Monica") and most of the singles' B-sides (with the wonderful "Memories Are Designed to Fade" from the "To the Moon and Back" single missing out somehow).
The only true disappointment about this compilation is that they chose one of the 'Spike' Stent versions of the duo's vocalist Darren Hayes' "So Beautiful" (which was the single released to promote this compilation). Darren later admitted that the version they went with was a regrettable mistake.
While I'm bugging on about chosen versions, it would have been nice to get the original version of "Truly Madly Deeply" which featured on the Australian release of the debut album and single. Instead, it's the Night Radio Mix, which featured on most of the international releases.
01) I Want You - 6 stars 02) I Knew I Loved You - 5.5 stars 03) To the Moon and Back - 6 stars 04) Hold Me - 4.5 stars 05) Santa Monica - 4.5 stars 06) Crash and Burn - 4.5 stars 07) Break Me Shake Me - 5.5 stars 08) Truly Madly Deeply - 6 stars 09) The Animal Song - 5.5 stars 10) Affirmation - 5 stars 11) So Beautiful - 4 stars (6 stars if it was the right mix) 12) California - 4.5 stars 13) I Don't Care - 4.5 stars 14) I'll Bet He Was Cool - 4 stars 15) Love Can Move You - 4.5 stars 16) Fire Inside the Man - 4 stars 17) This Side of Me - 5.5 stars