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The Almighty albums have been running a few years and here is one of the earlier additions to the series. The Definitive Collection suggests that you cannot live without it! Well, news flash! You probably can. There are two CDs, twelve songs on the first disc and then a whopping eighteen track megamix on disc two.
The album kicks off with a Diana Ross cover. 'Upside Down' is sped up, given some kick drums and a sufficient if not slightly tame vocal. The vocals seem to get a bit lost in the mix for me. Next up is a hideous remake of Kim Syms' 'Too Blind To See It.' The original was quite dancey anyway and had a wicked groove, so I don't know why it needed a cover. This version manages to extract the best bits from Kim's track and leave them out! A small disaster!
Belle Lawrence bravely tries to be Shakira and it all goes horribly wrong as we discover she lacks any of Shakira's sexy purring vocals, a shameless dance version with no appeal at all. Some redemption can be found in 'Absolutely Not' which is an out and proud handbag anthem with a decent vocal and plenty of attitude. I would play this one and certainly have a boogie to it, some sprightly synths charge through it and even the vocal is pert and alive enough to carry the song.
My next tip is a fairly satisfying version of 'Love Is In The Air.' A staple male vocal underpins it and there are some pleasant tribal drums which add some depth.
When you hit the megamix on the second disc you will get all the aforementioned tracks and a few others thrown into the mix. How does a high nrg version of Will Young's 'Evergreen' grab you? Or a tacky rehash of 'Rocket Man'? No I thought not.
Adequate listening, but I wouldn't part with too much cash for it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Upside Down - Obsession (1)
2 Too Blind To See It - Implicit
3 Do You Want It Right Now - 3rd Degree
4 Whenever Wherever - Lawrence, Belle
5 Absolutely Not - Obsession (1)
6 Rain - Who's That Girl
7 I Think We're Alone Now - Lawrence, Belle
8 Eternal Flame - Rochelle
9 Little Respect - Almighty Allstars & Lee
10 I Am Who I Am - Powers, Natalie
11 Love Is In The Air - Utopia (2)
12 From Here To Eternity - Browne, Natalie
13 Upside Down - Obsession (1)
14 Do You Want It Right Now - 3rd Degree
15 Eternal Flame - Rochelle
16 Whenever Wherever - Lawrence, Belle
17 Absolutely Not - Obsession (1)
18 Too Blind To See It - Implicit
19 So Young - Kia
20 Love Is In The Air - Utopia (2)
21 Rocket Man - Obsession (1)
22 In The Name Of Love - Jones, Hannah
23 I Think We're Alone Now - Lawrence, Belle
24 There You'll Be - Rochelle
25 Evergreen - Lawrence, Belle
26 Stay - Deja Vu & Tasmin
27 Little Respect - Almighty Allstars & Lee
28 Music To My Heart - Powers, Natalie
29 Whole Again - Browne, Natalie
30 Power Of Goodbye - Who's That Girl