Album Review: 'The Collection' | EW.com

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The Collection From Newcastle, England -- best known for a lovely ale that's just shy of offensively sweet -- came this similar, very '80s outfit led by flaneur...The CollectionPop, R&B, Reissues From Newcastle, England -- best known for a lovely ale that's just shy of offensively sweet -- came this similar, very '80s outfit led by flaneur...2001-02-16
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The Collection

Genre: Pop, R&B, Reissues; Lead Performer: Martha Wash

From Newcastle, England – best known for a lovely ale that’s just shy of offensively sweet – came this similar, very ’80s outfit led by flaneur flyboy Paddy MacAloon. Clearly wowed by his own cleverness, he folded 10CC pop froth into an arty mix of blue-eyed soul and show-tune gestures to make something uniquely his own: a two-CD history of a charming man who croons ”smooch” with no apparent irony. No wonder he flopped here. B