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Better than either of the official albums,
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This review is from: Sweet Ride - The Best of Belly (Audio CD)
Neither of the albums Belly released were masterpieces, in my opinion. They were both strong, but not genuinely great. This CD eclipses both of them. Every track here, with perhaps the exception of the Hendrix cover, feels vital. The B-sides featured here (Spaceman, Broken, Trust In Me, Thief, Sweet Ride) are all great, and superior to much of the material featured on the two official albums. Spaceman, in particular, is really powerful (the woman saying to the man she's just ditched: 'I'm not a unicorn; you can always find another one'). The best pop songs Belly recorded are here (Feed The Tree, Gepetto, Seal My Fate, Now They'll Sleep), but this is balanced with the slower, more reflective material that Tanya Donelly has always been known for. Sadly, there's no 'Stay', which was such a beautiful song, but it's hard to be critical of this compilation, considering the amount of rare material it contains, including the previously unreleased 'Lilith' which is really excellent, and deserves its belated exposure. The French version of Judas My Heart isn't as great as the original (which was genuinely great), but it could have been disastrous, thankfully it's not, it works. The title track, Sweet Ride, concludes the affair, and it's utterly gorgeous. This album shows, better than Star or King, what a memorable pop band Belly were. That Tanya brought alot of different facets to the tired old pop formula. She was capable of writing a perfect killer pop song (Now They'll Sleep being the best example of that), but also capable of going to deeper places, places that resonate, and extend beyond the ephemeral pop milieu. Belly were the best pop band of the nineties, and this compilation shows why.