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Platin Vol. 8
Double-CD, Various Artists, April 2000.
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The new double-CD Platin Vol. 8 unites the latest super hits from the charts. Among one of my favorites is the old star Tom Jones with Sex Bomb, featuring Mousse T. who wrote the song for "the tiger" who unfortunately does not compose and therefore depends on other musicians. In the past, Tom Jones has delivered some bad and some real bad-taste songs. Sex Bomb is an exception by "the man with the sexiest voice in pop history". Unfortunately, his voice has suffered over time and is not at its peak anymore. What a shame. If this man had had the opportunity to work with the best composers and musicians in the last decade, what albums could he still have offered us.
 
Another old star on the Platin Vol. 8 is Tina Turner with When The Heartache Is Over. Unfortunately, besides good songs one finds a series of pitiful tracks such as Phil Collins' Strangers Like Me, Lutricia Mc Neal's Fly Away and Cher's Dov'é L'Amore. Loona with her melodramatic Salvador Dalí and Oasis with Go Let It Out are other highlights of Platin Vol. 8. The tear jerker If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time by R. Kelly is at the limit of the acceptable whereas the schmaltzy Back At One by Brian McKnight is definitively over the top, has crossed the line of good taste. But in ten years, one will only remember the good songs from the years 1999/2000. In nostalgia, we will look back at this "good vintage". But of course, not more than a third of these Platin Vol. 8 hits will withstand the test of time.
 
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