Blending the New York jangle of the Velvet Underground with the swinging pop sense of Burt Bacharach, the Brilliant Corners never really made it despite years of playing together. These songs, taken from five BBC sessions, represent most of their best material from the beginning of their career. "I Never Said That" combines the delivery of Lou Reed with a beautiful trumpet-driven refrain that gives the song the extra dimension it needs. Meanwhile "Anticipation" predates the Strokes' similar brand of Television-light by 15 years, and "My Baby's in Black" sounds a whole lot like mid-'80s dB's with a much deeper singer. Because of the number of songs and the situation they were recorded in, there are definitely a few flat numbers. Being that these were live radio recordings, it would be hard for there not to be in a collection of 20 songs. But fans of the group will probably enjoy this very much, and it really is not a bad place to discover the band in general. Any fans of the Velvet Underground, the Strokes, the Januaries, or really any number of bands that have a jangly pop sound should give this a listen, as there is a lot here to like.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano