January 06, 2004
EMI Music Distribution
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

This is a straight reissue of the original Cutting Crew best-of, which appeared in 1994. Still on import (this time appearing through EMI), The Best of Cutting Crew leaves the sequence and track listing unchanged, but does marginally update the cover art. Also -- perhaps tellingly -- its uncredited liners now include a plea to end illegal downloading. Musically, the set is still comprehensive, both for casual listeners and completists. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is here, and its whispery synths still kill. Don't worry about the "extended remix" -- inexplicably, it's only seven seconds longer. But "Any Colour" is quite capable synth pop, and the propulsive "One for the Mockingbird" is perfect for practicing that Molly Ringwald shoulder sway. The latter fades nicely into the ballad "I've Been in Love Before," a pillowy gem that still occasionally finds its way onto lite rock play lists.
Johnny Loftus, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. (I Just) Died in Your Arms
  2. Any Colour
  3. Fear of Falling
  4. Everything But My Pride
  5. Contact High
  6. Tip of Your Tongue
  7. One for the Mockingbird
  8. I've Been in Love Before
  9. Life Is a Dangerous Time
  10. Don't Look Back
  11. The Scattering [Edited Version][Edit]
  12. Christians
  13. (I Just) Died in Your Arms [Extended Remix]
  14. Reach for the Sky
  15. (Between A) Rock and a Hard Place
  16. If That's the Way You Want It