After what had seemed like a promising start with "She Blinded Me With Science" in 1983, Thomas Dolby
only charted with two other singles in the U.S. (though he had nine chart singles in his native U.K., 1981-1992). This 16-track compilation, embracing both his Capitol/EMI and Warner Bros. recordings, demonstrates that Dolby
deserved better. His synthesizer-based songs are consistently catchy and clever, and especially notable are early songs like "Urges" and "Leipzig" that have not previously appeared on a U.S. album. "One of Our Submarines," Dolby
's cover of Dan Hicks
' "I Scare Myself," and "Hyperactive!" all hold up well. Some of the later (non-hit) material from the albums Aliens Ate My Buick
and Astronauts & Heretics
is less impressive; a better choice could have been made from those records. But for the most part, this is an efficient collection that justifies its name.