Combining tracks from the band's back catalogue and huge hits such as Lifted, Ocean Drive, High and Raincloud this Greatest Hits album takes the best from Ocean Drive,Postcards From Heaven and a few more and repackages them for the noughties. The addition of the Linsless 7" Mix to the collection is an unexpected but pleasant one and showcases the unique pop-soul for adults Lighthouse Family produced. One for the fan and anyone who likes a bit of an edge on their british soul or an alternative to easy listening.
Although The Lighthouse Family may not be everybodies favourite cup of tea, their music is definately something that everybody can happily listen to. This is the fourth album from this spectacular duo and consists of some of the best tracks taken from their previous three albums plus a couple of extra unreleased tracks to boot. Some of the standout tracks on here include Lifted, the song featured in the Vectra advertisements, which is taken from their first album Ocean Drive. Lifted is probably the Lighthouse Family's best known song, although the likes of Ocean Drive, taken from the same titled album is equally as good. My personal favourite, however, is Raincloud taken from the second album Postcards From Heaven. This track is uplifting, positive and meaningful. For a more upbeat flavour, Question of Faith is perfect. This track is also taken from the second album, and like Lifted on the first album, is probably one of Lighthouse Family's better known tracks. Easily the weakest tracks on this collaboration are those taken from the third album, Whatever Gets You Through The Day. Although I would highly rate the duo's first two albums, the third seems to lack that certain spark that makes the first two albums so enjoyable and addictive. Even so, The Lighthouse Family have never failed yet to deliver a song that overflows with beauty or emotion within its lyrics. This is a fantastic addition to any CD collection, and would probably be highly favoured by those who like music by Savage Garden, David Gray or generally deep and meaningful music to chill out and live your life to! Perfect!
The Lighthouse Family, are without a doubt the best Soul/Pop/Easy Listening band of the 90's. With their unfortunate demise (What's wrong with you people? There's still a market for this music, surely?), it is only necessary that a Greatest Hits anthology is released. This CD provides the three best Lighthouse Family tracks: "Lifted", "Ocean Drive" & "High". "(I Wish It New How It Would Feel To Be) Free/One" and "Run" are also great songs. The Lighthouse Family were formed in 1993 from two musical fans from Newcastle. The keyboardist/programmer and singer duo from up north was hardly a formula for sucess in that dance-teen orientated music scene, and this did hamper the Lighthouse Family's sucess. Reportedly overcoming trepedations about his vocal abilities, Tunde and Paul finally recorded "Lifted" in 1995, but not until 1997 did it become a hit, with the susbequent release of their debut album, "Ocean Drive". The pair never looked back. This Greatest Hits package is simply amazing. "Ocean Drive" is an empowering song, "Lifted" is their staple hit, a beautiful track. The whole album is brilliant; lyrically and musically it triumphs with uplifting melodies, deep chords and exceptional vocals. Buy this album, even if you're not a fan of the Lighthouse Family... because this sure will make you one!