Top positive review
27 October 2015
As others have noted, who could forget Jimmy Somerville's great falsetto voice on the number one hit single Don't Leave Me this Way? A cover of a song originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. This, their best of Collection, reveals there was sooooo much more to the Communards than just fantastic upbeat dance music. The contribution of keyboard player and co-writer Richard Coles was very significant as his playing and arranging adds great depth, energy and power to the music. But he also delivered some beautiful touching slow numbers which used Somerville's voice to best effect making the songs sound emotional, deeply moving and haunting with Somerville's voice often sounding deliciously spiritual and angelic
There are as always strong story’s/messages in their songs, particularly those written about growing up and being gay in a small provincial town and those written during the traumatic 80's AIDS crisis. This album remains modern and relevant, the Communards should be right up there with other electronic and dance artists from the period. Great.