Unlike many of their American counterparts, Canadian quartet Harem Scarem made the transition from hair metal of the '90s to hard rock of the new decade in a relatively smooth fashion. This Essentials compilation only spans the early portion of their career; from their eponymous 1991 debut album to 1996's Mood Swings. During this time, the group shorn its locks and abandoned the overly produced, AOR-friendly sound with something a bit edgier (but still slightly polished -- they want to sound dirty, but look good doing it). Die-hard fans of the group will already own most if not all of this material, but fans wanting a comprehensive primer on the band's early years will find Essentials to serve them very well.
AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston