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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2009
It's very difficult to do a 'Best Of' album when the wealth of material available means that some favourites are bound to be left out. What makes it doubly difficult for a group like Bent is that they changed their musical sound from the sample-laden Programmed to Love to organic Ariels and back again (Intercept) and they did so successfully.

The commercial releases such as Swollen and Beautiful Otherness, used on countless compilations, are all present and if you don't own all of the albums this is a great place to start. What makes this compilation special is the inclusion of the stunning previously download-only track 'Bewitched' and the previously vinyl-only B-side KISSES which is my own favourite. (KISSES did appear on a CD compilation a few years ago which is where I first discovered Bent).

As for the music itself it's intelligent, thoughtful, downtempo, melodic and summery. Gorgeous vocals from wonderful singer songwriter Zoe Johnston (Happenstances) give Bent their edge. I really hope that Bent continue to make music and that this Best Of compilation doesn't mean the end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2009
First off, one week on after its release I'm really surprised nobody has reviewed this, so I'll do it and I'll keep it short and sweet...
Basically, Disc One is a round up of Bent's various singles and is a seamless 66 minutes of melody/beats/atmospherics.
Disc Two is 40 minutes of new stuff and is utterly sublime.
For anyone that favours melodies above anything else in ANY type of music,
this will be a mandatory purchase....Thats all I'll say, the rest is up to you people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2009
An absolutely perfect selection of their finest tunes - but quite a few new ones that you probably won't have heard, making this a must purchase! It's like being wrapped up in a caramel flavoured sonic pillow.

Their songs are positive, upbeat and amazingly atmospheric, but most importantly they are consistently brilliant. How often can you say that about a dance/trip-hop act? This is the only band that can make me smile on the dreary journey to work.

If you like this, also get their 2CD "The Art Of Chill 5" mix, which features "The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir" - which I kid you not is one of the most beautiful choir pieces I've ever heard.
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on 18 August 2010
I have been a fan of chillout music for over ten years and the majority of 'classic' chilled tunes are usually contributed by 'one hit wonders'. So rare it is to have a group like Bent to produce a life long 'work of wonders'.

In short... classic tunes like the breath taking Beautiful Otherness, Private Road and Swollen serve to support Bent as the Kings of Chillout, while more up tempo tracks Always, I Love My Man, Comin' Back, I Can't Believe It's Over and the legend that is 'Magic Love' speed the playlist up without harming the mood.

Smooth music, deep vocals, timeless tracks. After years of repeat listening, Beautiful Otherness still sounds fresh and Magic Love... well don't get me started.

If not a fan - let this Cd change all that.
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on 14 November 2011
I'll keep this review really short and sweet. Not many people know how good Bent are and this album is a perfect showcase for you. These two discs stayed in the CD player of our car for many a month and I now listen to the tracks on my iPod. You seriously owe it to yourself to grab this compilation and discover how great it is. Over and out!
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on 24 April 2010
I have all Bent albums and this is great compliation and new tracks on CD2 and fab... well worth buying for Cd 2. fanastic band - one of my all time favourites..
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on 13 September 2009
for every fan of this group, it's a very good compilation with
some unknown tracks.
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on 24 November 2014
An excellent album by a greatly underestimated duo.
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on 3 December 2014
Really great album with some unreleased songs!
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