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The best so far

Almost all the international hits of 2002 have been covered in a couple of compilation albums, "Totally Hits 2" and "Hits @ FM". A review.


AS YET another year comes to an end, it is `flashback' time. Many new artistes came, a couple of comebacks, some commemorations and a few new genres of music as well. The international music scene witnessed a positive trend with new bands coming into the fray, especially modern rock bands and boy-bands. A handful of solo female artistes scored well. If this sums up the year gone past, a couple of compilation albums attempt to give us just that, in a nutshell.

"Totally Hits 2" (Virgin Music; tapes Rs.125), the second album in the series, features 16 of popular songs, which made it big in recent times. What's interesting is the mix of genres, ranging from Alternative Rock to dance anthems. The album features "In My Place" by Coldplay and Kylie Minogue's "Love At First Sight" side-by-side, apart from Moby's "Extreme Ways', Lenny Kravitz's "If I Could Fall In Love" and Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me'.

Side 1 of the album has the infectious "Tide Is High" from Atomic Kitten, "AM To PM" from Christina Milian, "Boys" from Britney Spears and more.

The flip side has a tint of modern rock and heavy metal and features Moby, Coldplay, the not-so-popular `The Vines' with "Get Free" and `Direct' with "Inside My Head".

It is `rockish' all the way on side 2, except for the last track, "World Of Our Own" by Westlife.

Another compilation called "Hits @ FM" (Universal Music; tapes Rs.125) is all set to give the former a run for its money. As the title suggests, the 16 tracks are supposed to have been handpicked after consulting the various FM stations like "Radio Mirchi", "Go!", "Radio City", "Indigo FM" and the rest.

Kicking off with "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Ronan Keating), the album features hits of the year like "Escape" (Enrique Iglesias), "On The Radio" (Nelly Furtado), "Soak Up The Sun" (Sheryl Crow) and many others. A handful of dance tracks is thrown in as well - "Murder On The Dancefloor" by Sophie Ellis Bextor, "Baya Baya" by Safri `percussion' Duo and "Don't Say Goodbye" by Pauline Rubio.

The other artistes featured are Ashanti Douglas ("Foolish"), David Charvet ("Leap Of Faith") and Counting Crows ("American Girls") apart from Elton John ("Original Sin") and Bro' Sis ("I Believe").

VISHNU A

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