ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s

VARIOUS ARTISTS ... BBC Radio 2's Sounds Of The 80s (Warner Music)
VARIOUS ARTISTS ... BBC Radio 2's Sounds Of The 80s (Warner Music)

TWO discs of ‘80s classics performed bysome of today’s biggest stars ­- surely you can’t go wrong?

Well, that depends. This 37-track collection gets off to a lukearm start, with Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and The Script, but improves as it goes along.

Chrissie Hynde’s version of Morrissey’s Everyday Is Like Sunday is the highlight of disc one, along with the closing Manic Street Preachers’ take on the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up.

Disc two is where the gems lie: Kylie’s sultry version of Kim Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes and London Grammar’s take on Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, are excellent.

So too, more surprisingly, are Boyzone’s The Whole Of The Moon, originally by The Waterboys, and Kian Egan’s Run To You, by Bryan Adams.

The latter two just shows that you should never judge a book by its cover. 7.10. GW