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The most useful NO compilation (at present),
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
First let's get the bad news out of the way:
The worst thing you can say of this is that every NO compilation since (the CD format of) Substance has been a missed opportunity. They should have taken the opportunity to include a supplementary disc containing the lost b-sides. There must be loads, all I can think of right now are the ones omitted from the Substance CD: the other half of the Cries & Whispers/Mesh package [the song that isn't on Substance], Shame Of The Nation (which at least some of us prefer to the standard-issue version with the slightly different title) and the dub mixes of Shellshock and Subculture (noted for their strange alternate song-endings: DubVulture is especially strange!)
Now, what's actually here:
All the singles in their 7" edits, plus Blue Monday (the original version) in its usual state, and what I assume to be the "soundtrack edit" of Shellshock. Unlike Substance there's no mixing up of a-sides and b-sides nor substituting of re-recordings for original versions.
I see no reason to attempt dissection of the actual music: critical analysis is difficult in the case of music that communicates through sounds rather than literal statements (Sumner's lyrics don't have to make sense out of context, and he knows it!). And most of these songs are intimately familiar to everyone born between, say, 1960 and 1986.