If there's one thing I can't pull this CDs compilers up on it's their honesty, this is a 38 track 2CD set with a definite chart friendliness. So there are plenty of recent hits. Consequently, the closest you get to an authentic R&B sound is the neophyte Joss Stone, everywhere else there's a distinct urban flavour. Of the big hits; Outkasts 'Hey Ya' still sounds like the greatest single from last year (or any one), while N.E.R.D.s creepy, throbbing 'She Wants To Move' is certainly one of the best from this one. The eerie world music fusion with Enya samples on The Pirates aching 'You Should Really Know' is a welcome eye opener, while the double appearances of Kelis and Jamelia are effortlessly classy and, crucially, soulful. Shame then, that too much of the remainder leans on limp, wet boy vocals and bad rappers, it's a negative symptom of a once great genre that now seems to perpetually narrow its parameters. Chingy is third division Eminem; then there's Eamon (enough said) and Usher, who is blandness personified. I used to comfort myself back in 1998 with the thought that he couldn't have a long career, I feel like he's laughing in my face now!