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Blue - Best Of - EMI Music In the world of boy bands, Blue have certainly lasted on the shelf longer than most. But almost four years after first storming the charts Lee, Duncan, Antony and Simon have had enough doing their thing together and have officially called it quits.

This new Best Of compilation is the bands swansong and they seem to be trying very hard to go out in a blaze of glory. The sixteen tracks here collect the cream of the four piece’s three studio albums and the other singles - nothing is left of. From the blockbuster hit One Love to All Rise to If You Come Back to the strutting Fly By - if I was a 15 year old girl, I’d be screaming for joy right now. Looking back at Blue’s career, you got to admit for what it’s worth, they made the best of it. From Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word recorded with the ultra credible Sir Elton; Signed, Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours a cultured get together with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone - and finally Get Down On It featuring Kool And The Gang and Lil' Kim – these sort of collaborations are rare, and they’re been thoughtfully included for us here as well. The farewell single Curtain Falls sees Blue end exactly where they started off, doing cute boy band pop.

The most interesting pop bands are like good short stories, with beginnings, ends and vivid characters. Just look at the rise and fall of N’Sync, Hanson’s long trek from pop crass to pop class or even the soap opera which ripped apart the Spice Girls. By those standards, Blue's ordinary members and career makes them a distinctly uninteresting band. Unfortunately there is little on the Best of Blue which will stand the test of time: but for what it’s worth, their music was still a notch above the rest of the junk out there.

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