Second chapter doesn't begin to match Alan Rankine-assisted Vol 1

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Associates – The Radio 1 Sessions Vol 2: 1984-1985

Some albums are worth keeping for one track alone?in the case of this compilation, it’s Billy MacKenzie’s shattering piano-accompanied rendition of Dave Berry’s “The Crying Game” perhaps the bleakest thing his tormented voice recorded. The remainder of the album sees him tackling songs from all phases of the Associates’ career, including their then-current album Perhaps, as well as aimless covers of things like “Heart Of Glass”, which remind the listener of the hole left by the departure of Alan Rankine.

Mr MacKenzie’s voice is as mischievously moving as ever, but, as with everything he did after Sulk, the material let him down. There but for the grace of Bono walked he.