EMI's Life of Riley: The Lightning Seeds Collection does little to convince the listener of the Lightning Seeds' place in pop history, as it omits nearly all of the band's most important tracks. Despite the inclusion of the compilation's catchy namesake and a Britpop gem from Ian Broudie's first band, Care, called "Flaming Sword," there's nothing here of substance. Instead of hits like "All I Want" or "Pure," the listener is treated to obscure album cuts and forgettable covers of Tim Hardin's "Hang On to a Dream" and Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air." Life of Riley: The Lightning Seeds Collection has its moments, but fans of the band -- or just sunny Britpop in general -- would be better off picking up Epic's superior Like You Do...Best of the Lightning Seeds.
AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger