Abecedarians

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Caroline's introduction of the Abecedarians to the digital world meant trimming a track or two from both Eureka and Resin to fit the remaining material onto one CD, but the end result is worth it: a collection of the many highlights from both albums, along with "Smiling Monarchs," a U.K.-only single on Factory. This maxi-packed compilation is the logical place for anyone interested in the band to begin. "Monarchs" itself is a propulsive number with electronic bass, synth, and heavily treated drums; if not quite a success at creating an '80s dancefloor classic, it does have a building power all its own.

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