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The hits really are the best songs.
on October 16, 2003
The singles here of some of the best mainstream 80s rock songs, all of which had cool and once popular MTV videos. However, let me say that if you're buying th album expecting the rest to sound like those songs, you'll be disappointed -- it doesn't at all.
The song most well known is the one about MTV and rock stars in general, 'Money for Nothing'. It's a great rocker with a slightly heavy edge. It's funny that the song is poking fun at the rock star life and their videos, when this song itself became a popular video and song. Also, the album version clocks in at 8 minutes and is much better than the edited single version. Equally as good is the uptempo pop/boogie rock in the happy, fast-paced singing 'Walk of Life'. It also featured a football stadium video. The slower, somewhat bluesy pop of 'So Far Away' was a lesser known, but still catchy hit.
Not to sound negative, but the other 6 songs all seem like soundalikes to me. I've tried listening to 'Your Latest Trick', 'The Man's Too Strong' and the epic title track. They're all fine jazzy type music, but are nothing like the hits. I didn't realize this band normally sounded mellower, and more progressive/mystical. (I suppose the downside to my being into music so young was that the first songs I would know an artist by were their biggest pop hits. Even today, I usually favor a band's 'sellout' songs, as some would say).