One of the handiest in the confusing welter of singles that appeared for Garageland, Special Come Back (titled in humorous reference to the band's original Come Back Special debut) compiles a variety of B-sides from hither and yon. There's also the brilliant lead track itself, with its inspiring, charging chorus and gentle, almost but not quite diffident chorus -- there are audible echoes of the Pixies in the arrangement, but Garageland sugars the pill just enough. From Come Back Special itself, "Struck" and "What Will You Do?" take a bow, the latter having an attractive motorik-styled propulsion to it. The original Beelines to Heaven single contributes the sweet chime and crunch of "Bus Stops" and the more fried rumble "Cut It Out." The collection is rounded out by "Shouldn't Matter but It Does," a fair enough effort which originally surfaced on the I'm Looking for What I Can't Get EP, and "Something's Got a Hold" from Fingerpops.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett