Album Info

April 04, 1995
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, New Wave, Synth Pop, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

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.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Europa and the Pirate Twins
  2. Urges
  3. Leipzig
  4. Windpower
  5. Airwaves [7" Version]
  6. She Blinded Me With Science
  7. One of Our Submarines
  8. Screen Kiss
  9. Hyperactive!
  10. I Scare Myself
  11. The Flat Earth
  12. Pulp Culture
  13. Budapest by Blimp
  14. Cruel
  15. Close But No Cigar
  16. I Love You Goodbye