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Album Review

The 2007 15-track collection The Best of Echobelly cuts three tracks from the running time of the 2001 compilation I Can't Imagine the World Without Me: The Best of Echobelly, adding "Bulldog Baby" and "Go Away" — two songs that weren't on I Can't Imagine — and cutting out "Call Me Names," "Here Comes the Big Rush," "We Know Better," "Atom," "Close...But," and "Iris Art." It's a fair amount of difference, but it's not all that notable since all the really big hits are here: "I Can't Imagine the World Without Me," "Insomniac," "King of the Kerb," "Bellyache," and "Car Fiction," which as before is provided in its French version. So, this winds up being as good a sampler of the group's entire catalog, although — like before — this means it also emphasizes that Echobelly were at their best at the outset and their momentum kind of petered out as their evangelical self-mythologizing settled into a career.


Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Led by vocalist Sonya Aurora Madan, Echobelly fused the ironic, self-absorbed viewpoint of the Smiths with stylish Blondie posturing and a solid guitar crunch. Defiantly politically correct, the group cultivated a fair amount of praise within the British press at the beginning of their career, but as the Brit-pop craze of the mid-'90s wore on, the group was slowly eclipsed by such contemporaries as Elastica and Sleeper. Nevertheless, Echobelly earned a dedicated cult following in the U.S. and U.K.,...
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