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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop music at its most diverse and brilliant, 27 Sep 2005
This review is from: From Croydon To Cuba ... An Anthology (Audio CD)
People wondering whether to buy the Kirsty MacColl single CD "Best of" or this triple album "Croydon to Cuba" will have a hard choice. If you like a broad spectrum of pop, then you will surely be delighted with going for the full 3CD anthology. (She was born in Croydon, South London (1959), and ended up loving Cuba and its music, hence the title. Her untimely death came in December 2000 when hit by a speedboat whilst swimming in Mexico.)
So many gems which didnt make the single CD are included on this triple set.
She was one of the most under-rated artists of all time, and sadly missed by her loyal army of fans.
Her progression from surfing sounds and teen-pops to "Terry" and on through "He's on the Beach" to mature "Soho Square" and country-tinged "Other People's Hearts" to the dance-style "Walking down Madison" and the Latin influence of later songs is a great musical journey. Superb lyrics, catchy tunes, her own magic backing-vocals - overall a great package. Although her career lasted only 22 years, and her ouput was limited, it seems like the last 40 years of music is represented here by one of the all-time masters of singer-songwriting. You will need to take time to appreciate some of the tracks, but after a few listens, they definitely grow on you. My favourite artist, as you may have guessed !!
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