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Absolutely the Best of New Wave

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Absolutely the Best of New Wave is a ten-song collection that can't possible hope to live up to its lofty title. It does contains some classic new wave songs like Kim Wilde's "Kids in America," Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science," and Talk Talk's "It's My Life" but also some songs that aren't very new wave at all like Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" and Red Rider's "Lunatic Fringe." The inclusion of songs by classic new wave bands that aren't their best (Culture Club's "Church of the Poisoned Mind," Missing Persons' "Words," Blondie's "Call Me") also dilutes the title's claims. Too short, too insubstantial, and graced with a terrible cover, this disc is not worth picking up. [It was later reissued on Fuel 2000 with a new (just as terrible) cover as New Wave Hits.]

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