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Pop Icons [St. Clair]

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Pop Icons is a very average compilation from St. Clair that haphazardly assembles a small pile of rock and R&B, most of which was originally released in the '70s and '80s. While it does everybody a favor by failing to recycle the same familiar songs of the era that populate dozens of other various-artist discs, it also fails to present much of an argument for why it exists at all. You know it's not a good sign when the disc's selling points include "original artists" and "original recordings." Some of the songs featured include Marvin Gaye's "Midnight Lady," Roy Orbison's "Uptown," Cyndi Lauper's "Money Changes Everything," Toto's "Pamela," Luther Vandross' "Creepin'," Carly Simon's "Spoiled Girl," and Santana's "Let the Children Play." This is clearly a budget title with little in the way of loving care put into the presentation.

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