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Rock on 1995

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Madacy's Rock On 1995 is a brief survey of the year's hits. A wide mix of styles and artists, the collection ultimately is too short and random to be of much use to anyone as a definitive record of the year. Most of the songs included, like Duran Duran's "White Lines" and Soul for Real's "Every Little Thing I Do," weren't even very big hits. Certainly not "Top 40 Chartbusters" as the discs cover promises. There aren't many good songs included either, from faceless dance music (La Bouche's "Be My Lover") to washed-up rocker's last gasp (Adam Ant's "Wonderful") to wimpy modern R&B (4 PM's "Sukiyaki"), it makes 1995 seem like one of the worst years for music in the last 500 years. Anyone looking for a quick survey of the year might find this to be useful from a historical standpoint but as a listen, it is pretty bad. Shameful, even.

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