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Various Artists Freeform Five:Strangest Things

The signature sounds of England's Freeform Five are reminiscent of the likes of Prince and Parliament/Funkadelic, and those influences are quite evident on Strangest Things. But unlike the aforementioned, the enduring qualities that made P-Funk withstand time don't exist here-the charm of Freeform Five's pop sensibilities lasts for a minute, only to evaporate with repeated listening. The batch of choice remixes on the second CD makes up somewhat for the disappointment, as slamming versions by the likes of Mylo, Tiefschwarz, and M.A.N.D.Y. are actually marked improvements on the originals. Adventurous music lovers beware.

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