When I was about 11 I adored Erasure, and recently I've begun to rediscover them once more. I had the first Pop! compilation (basically CD 1 of this collection) a few years back, but for some mad reason I gave it away. This comprehensive 2CD set is an excellent dip into a band that have been going strong for a quarter of a century.
So, CD1 is the stuff from the height of their fame when they regularly had Top 10 hits. It contains all the famous hits ("Sometimes", "A Little Respect", "Victim Of Love", "Stop") and some equally fine but less remembered gems ("Breath Of Life", "Ship Of Fools", the brilliantly experimental "Drama"). It's pretty much esential if you have any interest in synth-pop or even pop music in general.
CD2 is the secret goldmine. At first it can seem a bit samey, and forgettable, but only because the songs are less familiar. After a few listens you find yourself humming the tunes over and over. There's the lovely "Always", arguably the last big hit of their heyday. "Run To The Sun" is dancey and yet somehow moving. The under-rated "Freedom" with its airy guitar sound is good fun, and 'comeback' hit "Breathe" is beautifully eerie. "Storm In A Teacup" sounds moodily confessional, and in fact it could almost be off David Bowie's "...hours" album. Even "The Moon & The Sky", with its slightly comical recycled rhyming of 'high' and 'sky', is still an addictive foot-tapper.
Basically, if you like pop, get Total Pop. It'll leave a smile on your face.