Wet Wet Wet - The Greatest Hits

Think about Wet Wet Wet without thinking about "Love Is All Around". Go on, I dare you. Can't? Nor can I. The only thing is, that with hindsight afforded by a decade's distance, it's not that bad. What people remember is the ubiquity in 1994. It also singlehandedly made Wet Wet Wet into 'the band that did the song that everyone plays at their wedding', which isn't exactly fair. And this is all about the music - there'll be no jokes about "High On The Happy Side" in this review. No, sir.

Marti Pellow actually has a decent voice, and there's a number of great songs on here (Julia Says, Angel Eyes, Goodnight Girl) one terrible cover (With A Little Help From My Friends) and a lot of songs that you probably don't remember (Don't Want To Forgive Me Now, Lip Service, Temptation) along with three new songs which do little to change the formula. They're all pretty nondescript, although the slow moving crooner (Feels Like I'm) Walking On Water is clearly the worst of the new batch as it meanders aimlessly for the best part of five minutes.

Ultimately, though, Wet Wet Wet are their cover of Love Is All Around personified. Until you hear it now, your impression is of something incredibly naff, of it's time, and yet most of this has aged well, and they could certainly show some of today's boy bands something about actually being able to sing. At 20 tracks, it's arguably over-long, and the second disc is for completists only but if you have even vaguely fond memories of the boys from Glasgow, then you're unlikely to be disappointed. However, if you've already got their previous Greatest Hits, this is hardly essential.



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