Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes

The Baddest

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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Lewis

Two years after the demise of the Coral Snakes, the best-of compilation The Baddest was released. The Baddest is a retrospective of Dave Graney's work with the Coral Snakes during the 1990s.

Arranged in roughly chronological order, the disc features a selection of tracks taken from the band's five studio albums, from 1992's I Was the Hunter and I Was the Prey onwards. All the hits are here (with the notable exception of "I'm Gonna Live in My Own Big World"), making this a superb collection of Graney's best work. While not as cohesive as his studio albums (Graney did, after all, flit between styles with his albums as often as he changed pink velvet suits), The Baddest gives a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Graney's sound.

For dedicated fans of the Coral Snakes, this disc may hold limited appeal: All this music has appeared, in some form or another, on Graney's albums. But for new or casual fans, The Baddest (which brings together Graney's best three single releases: "You're Just Too Hip, Baby," "I'm Gonna Release Your Soul," and "Feelin' Kinda Sporty") is a perfect introduction to the man and his music.

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