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Playlist: The Very Best of The The

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Sony/Legacy’s 2011 compilation Playlist: The Very Best of The The is the second hits compilation of Matt Johnson’s art pop band, following 2002’s 45 RPM by nine years. There is considerable overlap between that 15-track 2002 set and this 14-track comp -- seven cuts, all signatures like “Infected,” “Sweet Bird of Truth,” and “Dogs of Lust” -- with the 2011 collection following a somewhat twistier path that includes album tracks and a 12" remix of “Uncertain Smile.” On the whole, 45 RPM may please those looking for just the singles, but those who want a good overview of The The will find this quite satisfactory.

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