A solid collection of Jonathan Cain's work in the '90s as a solo artist, Anthology unfortunately isn't as comprehensive as one might wish it would be. For example, it doesn't feature any songs from his mid- to late-'90s albums on Higher Octave: Piano With a View (1995), Body Language (1997), and For a Lifetime (1998). Curiously, it instead features all but one song from his 1995 album, Back to the Innocence, along with several additional songs. So rather than functioning as a career-spanning best-of -- like a proper anthology should -- Anthology instead is actually a repackaged Back to the Innocence with a few bonus tracks in disguise. This sort of misrepresentation can really leave a bad taste in listeners' mouths, even if the material on this album is undeniably accomplished and serves as a fitting replacement for Back to the Innocence.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier