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Album Review

In 1999, Arista made the Thompson Twins part of their "Arista Heritage" series with The Master Hits. This came three years after they issued Greatest Hits. And now that the label has their Platinum & Gold Collection series, they decided to anthologize the Thompson Twins for the third time in eight years. Though Platinum & Gold Collection is redundant, it's just as decent as its predecessors, with a good selection of the group's most popular material. At only 12 tracks, it's not as extensive as Greatest Hits, but it does contain everything a casual fan would want, from "Lies" to "Doctor! Doctor!" to "Hold Me Now" to "Lay Your Hands on Me."

Biography

Formed: 1977

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Thompson Twins — who were neither a duo nor related, but simply named after the Tin Tin cartoon — were one of the more popular synth pop groups of the early MTV era, scoring a handful of hits before fading away into lite-funk obscurity. While many of their contemporaries indulged in stylish variations on Roxy Music or robotic electronic funk, the Thompson Twins were more pop-oriented, even when they strayed into dance-pop. Despite their success — "Hold Me Now," "Lay Your Hands...
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