This POWER POP CLASSIC from 1991 is a SHOCKINGLY well recorded album, with the kind of punchy bottom end and musical energy that is all but forgotten in the overly-compressed world of modern rock. Nirvana's Nevermind is the last record I can recall with blockbuster jumping-out-of-the-speakers sound like this, and that record came out nearly twenty years ago! In fact it came out the same year this one did, 1991.
I confess to never having taken this album seriously, dismissing it as a commercial collection of pop hits with as much depth as the L.A. river, but I was wrong wrong WRONG. This is a great album on the right LP, not the compressed piece of grainy cardboard pop we're used to. The typical pressing barely hints at the tremendous energy and top-quality musicianship that characterizes practically every track on this wonderful record.