For all that nowadays The Christians are a band most likely to be mentioned in the "Whatever Happened To...?" sections of music journals, their music has aged very gracefully and has clearly been an inspiration to a whole generation of younger musicians. This collection provides a welcome opportunity to review the material of a band that had a few moments of fame in the late 1980s, then disappeared more or less without a trace after three fantastic and woefully under-rated albums. The biggest surprise, perhaps, is that the music has aged so well. The keyboard on their signature tune, "Forgotten Town", sounds perhaps a little tinny now, but the sheer vitriol in songs like "When the Fingers Point" and the anti-apartheid classic, "Ideal World", sound somehow all the more relevant in the days of anti-paedophile vigilantism and the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. This was always The Christians' greatest talent: to dress up sharp social comment in a package of sweet soul music, lush harmonies, and melodies which later generations of northern soulsters such as the Lighthouse Family have often striven to imitate, and seldom come close. All the classics are on this collection, as well as some more minor hits ("Greenbank Drive" and "Perfect Moment" being two of the sweetest, most uplifting songs I've heard in years) and the unexpected gem of a close-harmony, Gospel rendition of Bob Marley's "Small Axe" to close the set. This is music well deserving of another visit. It will help you chill, but it will also make you think.