Various Artists - Here Come The Girls

Here come the usual suspects... No, really that's a little unfair, because although this compilation has its fair share of tracks featured recently on adverts and the songs that ALWAYS turn up on these things, there a few enjoyable curveballs thrown in for good measure. It's got a passable concept too, three seamlessly mixed discs made up of funk, soul and disco, marking this out as a little more interesting than your standard Girls' Night Out, retro-fixated cash in fare. Classic cuts including the inimitable Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man and Chic's Good Times are thrown into the mix alongside unappreciated treasures He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' by The Velvettes and Gloria Jones' storming version of Tainted Love, as well as a more predictable array of cheesy hits such as I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan) and Mr. Big Stuff (Jean Knight).

Though some of the categorizations are questionable and lengthy disco hits including Donna Summer's I Feel Love have been somewhat brutally cut, these are points hardly worth quibbling over - this is a no-nonsense affair that knows exactly which buttons to press. Here Come The Girls is a solid package that won't disappoint anyone looking for a slice of undemanding fluff to soundtrack a shimmy around the bedroom - hairbrush as microphone optional.



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