Completely anonymous in his native Ireland, Rea Garvey's five-piece outfit, Reamonn, are rock royalty in his adopted German homeland, after playing at Live 8, Live Earth, and Barack Obama's presidential speech at Berlin's Victory Column. A useful catch-up for any of his former compatriots wanting to investigate their brand of European acoustic rock, Eleven is their first greatest-hits collection, with 19 tracks cherry-picked from their ten-year back catalog. All of their six studio albums are represented here, with three tracks from their 2000 debut, Tuesday, including the melancholic folk of first single "Supergirl" and the Terrorvision-esque "Josephine" (featured here in a new version) selected alongside two cuts from 2001's Dream No. 7 and three additions from 2003's Beautiful Sky (including their only Ireland chart hit, "Star"). But the emphasis is firmly placed on their more recent work, with four tracks apiece chosen from 2006's Wish (including the driving country-pop of "Tonight" and emotive ballad "The Only Ones") and 2008's eponymous effort (including their second Top Ten hit, "Through the Eyes of a Child," and the Karo DioGuardi-penned "Million Miles," which indeed sounds like it was written for an American Idol winner), while the snatches of synths on the three new tracks, "Colder," "Yesterday," and "Let the Morning Sleep," suggest Reamonn might be leaving their grunge-lite sound behind should they ever return from their recently announced hiatus. Their Top 20 cover version of Falco's "Jeanny" is notable by its absence, as is their theme to the World War I film The Red Baron, but overall, Eleven is a fairly comprehensive retrospective that -- with flashes of U2, the Script, and Snow Patrol -- makes their lack of success on the Emerald Isle even more puzzling.
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AllMusic Review by Jon O'Brien