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From Croydon To Cuba ... An Anthology
From Croydon To Cuba ... An Anthology

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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much talent, not enough time., 21 July 2006
It's difficult to remain unemotional when listening to this brilliant compilation. In this reviewer's opinion there has never been as exceptional an artist less well served by her various labels than Kirsty MacColl. That this collection finally, much too late, sets things right is a mixed blessing indeed. We longtime fans have most of this material already, and those not familiar will probably not be inclined to invest their time in an artist who tragically can never release new material. If only they could be made aware of what they're missing.

From the perfect, effervescent pop of "They Don't Know" to the wonderfully assimilated latin rythyms of "Tropical Brainstorm" Kirsty MacColl produced music that has no real parallel in it's variety, scope, beauty, intelligence, honesty and accessibility.

As every fan of hers has said several times at least, it's absurd that she wasn't better known and appreciated. If there's a prospective buyer out there for whom Carole King's "Tapestry" was once a favorite album, you need to buy this. If you have a soft spot for Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde, Sarah MacLachlan et al, you should consider this. If I were to critique each song, I'd write a book. I'll just say that I can't imagine anyone being dissatisfied with this boxed set. It's worth twice the price.

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