Belinda Carlisle

The Collection [Virgin]

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After two other best-of albums that were far more inclusive than what's here, Collection comes up woefully short for any Carlisle fan. No Go-Go's, nothing from Belinda, nothing from Real, nothing from A Woman & a Man; in fact "Circle in the Sand" doesn't even make the cut. Only a small window from 1988 to 1991 gets the lion's share of the coverage, with a few tracks from the late '90s pasted on to balance it out. What does make it is decent, side-stepping her often uneven solo career with a focus on her lighter pop and rock tracks. But one can't help but be disappointed by the lack of variety and the key tracks that are needlessly missing. There are better collections dedicated to Carlisle that deliver more hits and provide an even view of her output.

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