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Extra Cheese, Hold the Britpop...
on 16 April 2011
I have a huge gripe with this - Britpop and Indie were massive in the 90s, and this collection could have benefited greatly from a CD that focused on that genre - There's no Pulp, no Oasis, no Sleeper, no Garbage, no Suede, no Stone Roses, no Dodgy, no Ocean Colour Scene, no Elastica - we do get one track each from Blur and Supergrass, but that's it. All those bands were insanely popular in the 90s, and it's baffling as to why they were excluded.
Also, where's the Ace of Base? Alisha's Attic? Take That (minus Lulu)? East 17? Deacon Blue? I know that these "101" compilations tend to focus on the kind of tracks that aren't usually on every 90's compilation, but considering that CD1 is mainstream pop, the exclusion of some songs was a strange choice. Songs like "Baby one More Time" and "Genie in a Bottle" are not yet 'classics' in my humble opinion, they're songs everyone knows so they don't need to be included on a nostalgic compilation. When I buy something like this, I love to hear songs I haven't heard in ages! And, don't even get me started on rock, because there isn't any. NONE.
All that said, CD Four is a very good CD and a great representation of the whole "Atlantic 252" generation. It's got songs from Jon Secada, Richard Marx, Charles & Eddie, The Waterboys - and is worth the price on its own. But seriously - if there isn't a Volume 2, then there should be, because there are more classic 90s hits missing from this than there are on it.