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How can this woman have a best of, when she only had one hit I hear you cry. Well here's a shocker, Betty actually had a handful of chart smashes in the nineties. Oh, and she's not really called Betty, her real name is Alison Clarkson. No relation of Jeremy.
Packing out this sixteen track album is her trademark song 'Doin The Do,' which is a camp, fun filled slice of girly pop. She was doing girl power long before those Spices came along. Smart sassy rapping, attitude without being overbearing and a chorus that is as cathy as you require, it is a pop anthem of epic proportions. More of the same can be found in the tamer 'Where Are You Baby.' Less grating and with a more melodic chorus, Betty was pushing into better territory here, with some suprisingly good singing. Her voice is sweet and innocent and there's a certain politeness about it too.
'Hey DJ' is one of my favourites thanks to a colourful chorus and some spirited rapping on the verses. It might have dated badly, but the song brings back many fond memories. For something funkier '24 Hours' is right up with with the great Janet Jackson tracks. Vocals are pretty good on this though it does not stick as well as the aforementioned, which is a shame because there are some pleasing synthy parts.
'Boo's Boogie' is less impressive, overly repetitive and lacking any oomph, it could have been left off the album to make it trimmer. Head to 'Leave Me Alone' which sounds like a slower 2 Unlimited effort, the verses have a sinister streak and the tune is hard to get into at first but you will grow to appreciate what it has to offer.
The bonus stuff like the megamix is a bit of an add on and again does not enhance the album much. I was surprised the lovely 'Take You There' had been left off, a superb summery fresh slowy from Betty, at the expense of weaker tracks. Otherwise, not a bad album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Where Are You Baby - Boo, Betty (1)
2 Doin' The Do - Boo, Betty (1)
3 Hey DJ (I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing)
4 Twenty Four Hours
5 Boo's Boogie
6 Leave Me Alone
8 Boo Is Booming
9 Mumbo Jumbo
10 Till My Last Breath (Doin' It To Death)
11 Don't Know What To Do
12 Valentines Day
13 Twenty Four Hours
14 Where Are You Baby
15 Doin' The Do
16 Boo's Megamix