Various Artists

The Best of Metal: Hard and Soft

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Best of Metal is hard and soft. But the album isn't entirely truthful, substituting live or later versions of hit songs like "Sister Christian" and Lita Ford's "Close My Eyes Forever." It's rather heavy on covers, too, with George Lynch running capably through "Rock Me Like a Hurricane," and no less than two Led Zeppelin tributes from Great White (Jack Russell's Robert Plant impersonation is utterly perfect, and rather amazing.) The hair metal faves that fall in between are probably this comp's best feature. Warrant contributes both "Cherry Pie" and "Sometimes She Cries," while Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" stands as one of the scene's shining moments. The only real misstep here is a clunky, somewhat spazzy cover of Queensr├┐che's "Big City Nights," by someone named Keith Dubrew. That said, fans of the genre will likely already have this collection's standouts, or find them elsewhere with a stronger supporting cast.

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