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Like your scariest nightmare come true
on 26 November 2000
How can I describe the awfulness of this compilation? It is everything that was bad about the 80s encapsulated in the weakest, blandest packaging. The sad thing is, the 80s were a great time for classic pop records, but the Hit Factory bludgeoned it all to death, smoothing off all the rough edges until nothing of any substance remained - just oozing sentimentality and no-brain pap.
And here it all is, in its glorious nothingness, banality put on a pedestal and presented like some great historical document. There is nothing to enjoy here - it is a creative and intellectual vortex. It really should come with a government health warning.
I give it one star, though, because there are perhaps four exceptions which stand out way above the rest, most of which are from the early 80s. Both tracks by Nik Kershaw are great, but I'd buy the original LPs. The Musical Youth song is a proper classic and everyone should own it already. And Opus III, from the early 90s, is good, but even then it's a cover version and the original is better.
In general, avoid like the plague. There is much more to pop music than this.