Various Artists

Hits of 1991

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Sony Special Products' Hits Of series follows a pretty set script. The discs are short at only ten tracks and contain a mix of big hits, middling hits, and totally forgotten songs by pretty well-known artists. It is a unique strategy that brings some interesting songs to light and makes for good listening. The big hits on Hits of 1991 are C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's "Let the Beat Hit 'Em." Big Audio Dynamite's "Rush" and Luther Vandross' "Power of Love/Love Power" slot in right below them. The rest of the disc is made up of minor hits by major artists like Kenny Loggins and Warrant and left-field choices like Susanna Hoffs' "My Side of the Bed" and Firehouse's "Love of a Lifetime." One wishes the disc were longer to take more advantage of the curious song selections. As it is, the short running time makes the disc hard to recommend for anyone but the most devoted '90s fans.

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