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Not that great......
18 March 2016
Not that great:
Now that so many folk are content with downloading their music, the rest of us who prefer 'physical media' can pick up good condition used cds of material we fancy trying out very cheaply indeed: I paid one pound sixty five pence for DIRTY HITS, including postage.
VERDICT after two plays: starts of promisingly enough, with some Screamedelica tracks, and the well-known Rocks, and these efforts are fine, with half-decent tunes at the core: but once this gets to the more electronic stuff, the quality dips dramatically: others like the Prodigy , Leftfield and even the darker Depeche Mode put over far more atmospheric sounds than the pretentious tosh heard here, which lacks proper melodic stucture or cutting-edge sonics.
Gillespies' weak vocals are fine when covered up with the earlier Gospel-tinged Screamedelica stuff, but his vocals are not complemented with the purely electronic sounds.
One of my favorite Scream songs is 'Country Girl' which sadly must have been released after this collection, is not present here, which is a bit of a loss: personally I already have this on another disk so all is fine there.
Terrible graphics in the artwork dept: what looks like eyes and analogue tape. Just tacky.
The final track, Autobahn 66, is OK though, there was a tune of sorts in there.
But overall, this is a 'so what?' serving.