Sweeter Things: A Compilation

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A solid favorite in Canada, the Vancouver band sounds great on this 17-song collection from its first five albums. Listening to these radio-friendly tunes, it's hard to understand why the group didn't sell more albums and make a bigger dent in the U.S. Neil Osborne is a thoughtful, observant songwriter, and guitarist Phil Comparelli throws in some trumpet, recalling John Entwistle's unlikely French horn contributions to the Who. There's some anger here, but a lot of hope and some very danceable, hummable music.

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