This is an odd greatest hits package – the songs actually get worse as you go through the album. Cole and his Commotions produced some glittering pop hymns in the mid-’80s – Forest Fire, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? Perfect Skin – but once you reach the ninth song on this 20-track package, the party’s over. Still, Cole was the man who dropped names like Eve Marie Saint, Norman Mailer and Simone de Beauvoir into his tunes, so buy him a pint.

Publication: The Mirror

Publication date: 09/10/98