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Starter for 10 Soundtrack

Playtone Records/Rhino Entertainment Company (R2 74753)
Rating: ***

This is a good soundtrack, especially for anyone looking for a slice of the ?80s goth/synth genre without the depth.

This album doesn?t have any rarities or hard-to-find tracks, but the songs it contains are good and representative of a piece of pop culture both fascinating and continuously influential on pop music.
It starts with the catchy Cure classic, ?In Between Days,? one of five Cure tunes on the disc ? far more than any other artist, who all have a single track each. Considering this, including ?Love Song? seems unnecessary, especially given the inclusion of the seven-and-a-half minute ?Pictures of You?; trading ?Love Song? or another of the Cure quintet for a contribution by another artist would?ve been more welcome.

The gem of this disc may well be The Smiths? ?Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,? a beautiful music composition. If you recognize it, that?s because an arguably superior instrumental version by Dream Academy was featured in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller?s Day Off (used in the non-dialogue scene filmed at the Art Institute of Chicago).

Other good songs include Yaz?s ?Situation? with Alison Moyet?s powerful vocals, Kate Bush?s contemplative ?The Man With the Child in His Eyes,? and ?The Hurting? by Tears for Fears. The oddity ? though by no means a detriment ? is Motorhead?s ?Ace of Spades,? which is far harder rocking than any other song on this collection.

These 15 songs represent worthy entries in this ?80s pop-music genre, and fans with an interest in it who haven?t already compiled a collection of this music will find this CD worth their effort.

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