The Times of London 3/21/98

8/10

MORE THAN your routine greatest hits compilation, this includes the next two singles and a second CD containing live acoustic versions of some of the best known songs by the nearest we ever came to a successor to the Smiths. All that is most admirable about James is here in its shimmering pop glory, from the Madchester anthem Sit Down, which features one of the all-time great sing along choruses, to the sensual rush of Laid. Yet there was always a darker psyche lurking in Tim Booth's lyrics which made James more interesting than many of their peers. The two new tracks Destiny Calling and Run Aground are mini- epics destined to become stadium favourites, while the live recordings possess a warm and energetic glow, especially the version of She's A Star. For once a "best of" that lives up to the billing. - NW