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Hit and miss
on 2 October 2010
Occasionally I go through a lull where I'm not really "into" any particular music. During these times I tend to buy these sorts of compilation albums where the music is varied, where maybe I might discover some songs, or maybe even genres, I've not heard much of before.
I have a 1 hour round trip commute every weekday by car, so this one looked a decent buy.
Disc 1 starts up in lively fashion, gearing up with Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now". Minus the odd track, this disc is generally excellent. Disc 2 isn't so bad either, with some nice choices in Blondie's "One Way or Another" and the theme from Saxondale.
But unfortunately it's all downhill from there. Disc 3 is absolutely the worst. It is, bar the odd exceptions, 25 consecutive tracks of oldies. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the oldies, in fact I quite enjoy them, but in moderation. It's the way they dedicated the entire CD to it that just seems so lacking in creativity. Why not spread them out over a few discs?
Now, what I consider a good driving song may well differ from what you, or in this case, the CD compilers, consider a good driving song. But it just seems to me as though, particularly in Disc 3, they have just Googled songs with "car" or "drive" or "highway" etc in them, and randomly selected the ones that have been thrown up. That doesn't necessarily make them good driving songs: Disc 3 is enough to send you to sleep - not a good idea when you're driving.
Fortunately, Disc 4 is on hand to pick up the speed again. "My Sharona" followed by "Turning Japanese" gets the heart rate going again, and by the time you reach Roxette's "Joyride" you can't help but put your foot down. In fact, it all coasts along quite nicely into Disc 5. There's an inspired choice in Alabama 3's "Woke up this Morning" and a surprise or two along the way (whoever thought "You Can Leave Your Hat On" would make such a great driving song?).
So you know you're on the home stretch now, and The Motors' "Airport" flashes by, followed by the Lightning Seeds' "Life Of Riley". Things are looking up...but then it all ends with a bit of an anti-climax. It ends with the baffling choice of "Year Of The Cat". A good song in it's own right, but a fitting end to an album of driving songs? Hardly. I was hoping for the sort of end that would make you feel like you'd been in a high-speed crash. Instead it feels like rolling slowly to a stop with a flat tyre.
So overall it's a mediocre affair. There are some really good tracks, but these are few and far between, due to too much "songs with 'Road' in the title" filler. It's like a bad journey to work. You start off fine, hit traffic, spend a few minutes going nowhere, finally start picking up speed, and then run out of petrol.
I've run out driving analogies now, you'll be glad to hear.