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As summer is upon us, cough cough, it's time to get that sarong out and lie in the back garden with Craig David massaging your ears. Not literally of course, that would be weird. We all know Craig David doesn't like gardens. The perfect soundtrack to a hazy summer's day can be found with this collection. Forty sweltering r and b cuts, primed and ready to go for your aural pleasure.
I loathe 'Dirrty' by Xtina. It's not so much the fact that she can't even spell the word, the song oozes faux sleaze, it's overlong and smutty and having two 'r's' in the title does not make it any cooler. Fact.
Misteeq is better, 'Scandalous' is all sirens and pumping grooves and slinky vocals to grind to. Lovely to stick on while canoodling in a darkened club. After this, Craig David's 'Hidden Agenda' is all very wishy washy and pleasant, but what is his hidden agenda? He delivers a calm and sexy vocal and tip toes round the song like a kid in a museum.
Mr Vegas can be skipped. 'Heads High' is three minutes of the same chanty vocal and sounds like a nursery rhyme mingling with some Jamaican soca street artist. Beenie Man is better, asking 'Who Am I' and going on about having keys to your dinner or something random.
TLC and Fugees offer some classy mellow moments for the ladies, while Usher and Keith Sweat do it for the blokes. Sweat lives up to his name with a hot steamy vocal drenched in passion and sexual energy, ready to explode.
Disc two brings back some memories with MN8. Four muscle bound lads from...somewhere doing a watered down version of 'Motownphilly.' Kris Kross are way too cool, with Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac delivering helium induced raps about trivial topics then demanding that you jump to their sound. No thanks.
Misteeq return with their song about body odour, 'Roll On' is another slice of effortless girly r and b, less instant than the aforementioned. Blue pop up with 'Fly By' which tries to sound cool and sort of comes off thanks to a pulsating bass hook. By the time we reach the end of the album, Wayne Marshall and Donell Jones appear to be two names from the r an b canon who we might have all forgotten. The songs are alright but wisely placed near the end, where you probably won't ever get to them.
Worth exploring some of the songs on this compilaton because there are a few golden nuggets on here.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Dirrty - Christina Aguilera Feat. Redman
2 Scandalous - Mis-Teeq
3 Hidden Agenda - Craig David
4 What About Us - Brandy
5 Nothin - N.O.R.E.
6 Whos That Girl? - Eve
7 Mundian To Bach Ke - Panjabi MC
8 Heads High - Mr. Vegas
9 Who Am I - Beenie Man
10 Make It Clap - Busta Rhymes Feat. Spliff Star
11 No Scrubs - TLC
12 Girlfriend - *Nsync
13 Girlfriend - Alicia Keys
14 Fu-Gee-La - Fugees
15 Dont Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) - Monica
16 Twisted - Keith Sweat
17 Mary Jane (All Night Long) - Mary J. Blige
18 You Make Me Wanna - Usher
19 All My Life - K-Ci & Jojo
20 Love Scene - Joe
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
2 Ive Got A Little Something For You - Mn8
3 I Got A Man - Positive K
4 Jump - Kris Kross
5 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
6 Im So Into You - SWV
7 Flavour Of The Old School - Beverley Knight
8 Boys - Britney Spears
9 Roll On - Mis-Teeq
10 Fly By - Blue
11 Hit The Freeway - Toni Braxton Feat. Loon
12 You Are My Starship - Dazz Band
13 Just A Friend 2002 - Mario
14 How Do You Want It? - 2 Pac Feat. K-Ci & Jojo
15 Wishing On A Star - Jay-Z Feat. Gwen Dickey
16 Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me - Donell Jones
17 Bump N Grind - R Kelly
18 Your G Spot - Wayne Marshall
19 Swing My Way - KP & Envyi
20 Eenie Meenie - Craig David (Bonus Track)