Billy Squier

Reach for the Sky: The Anthology

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This double-disc collection is about as complete as can be expected, drawing the best material from Billy Squier's long (and it must be said, uneven) solo career, as well as a few nuggets from his late-'70s days fronting the rather boring band Piper. Except for these early blunders, disc one is quite impressive, featuring such hard rock radio staples as "The Big Beat," "The Stroke," "My Kinda Lover," and "Everybody Wants You." Disc two is a more challenging affair, with Squier obviously attempting to cater to changing musical tastes and trends. The results are dubious at best, and while "Stronger," "G.O.D." and "When It's Over" show some lasting power, much of the pop-inflected material has aged poorly.

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