As a long term fan of the Beautiful South, I was concerned when they released their first Greatest Hits - Carry On Up The Charts in 1995 - that their new massive fanbase (1 in 7 households own a Beautiful South Record) would mean that the fantastic, sniping, sarcastic lyrics of Paul Heaton would have to be toned down in order to appeal to a mainstream audience. However, this was not the case, and this second greatest hits proves it. I cannot believe that it's been six years since the last 'Best Of' (the years fly by), but this material illustrates how The Beautiful South changed their style for the better. So we have Don't Marry Her - the controversial single from Blue Is The Colour and a song that warranted a whole page of complaints about the use of the 'F-Word' in the 1997 tour programme (it's the clean version here though) - Perfect 10 from Quench , and Closer Than Most from last year's Painting It Red. Those should please fans of Heaton's witty style. For lovers of those heartfelt Beautiful South songs, there's Blackbird On The Wire and One Last Love Song. In addition to this, there's also a couple of rarities; the fantastic single - only Pretenders To The Throne and the rare B-Side Dream A Little Dream.Plus, of course, the new single Root Of All Evil and a remixed version of The Mediterranean. Overall, this is a superb second Greatest Hits which deserves as much, if not more, pride of place in another 1 in 7 homes. My only gripe would be the fact that a few of the songs on here were also featured on the last one, but, I think it can be forgiven when the band has proved that they are capable of issuing the same level of standards with their current material. This is a CD for all, enough to keep the die-hard completists happy and the same amount to entice the newcomer to discover a great band's fantastic back catalogue. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!