Bangles

Manic Monday: The Best of the Bangles

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With their energetic and melodic pop sound, the Bangles were a breath of fresh air in the late '80s, and this two-disc set has every track of note the group produced, including delightful covers of Prince's "Manic Monday," Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Paul Simon's "Hazy Shade of Winter," and Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," plus the quirky and utterly infectious "Walk Like an Egyptian," making this both a perfect introduction and a career survey of a band that all too often flew beneath the serious attention of rock critics. The bottom line is that the Bangles were a whole lot of fun, and their music still sounds surprisingly fresh all these years later.

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