Released: 17th July 2000.
It's important that I come clean at the very start of this review. I am totally and utterly biased towards this album, it could be a CD of Cathy Dennis reading the telephone directory and it would still get a glowing recommendation, simply because in my eyes she can do no wrong. So with that disclaimer in mind you may proceed with the rest of the review.
Cathy Dennis is an often forgotten pop singer from the Early-90s, at the time she was a kind of Madonna/Kylie hybrid, but with the distinction of writing her own material and being able to play instruments. She enjoyed a lot of success with her first album 'Move To This', a reasonable amount with"Into The Skyline" and then quietly disappeared into obscurity until 1996 when her third, and easily her best, album "Am I The Kinda Girl" was launched, and enjoyed practically no success at all.
Now after an absence of three years her greatest hits crawls apologetically onto your local record shop's shelves at a bargain basement price. And it could qualify as one of the best albums you'll buy all year, if you're smart enough to snap it up. "The Irresistible" runs the gamut of Cathy's songs from "Touch Me (All Night Long)" to the divine cover of "Waterloo Sunset". The stand-out track is of course the classic "Too Many Walls", which has my vote for best song ever, it's one of the few songs I've heard which practically overflows with emotion. It's a true song and a song which obviously means a lot to Cathy, and that shows in how simply perfect it is to listen to.
As well as that "Irresistible" is featured, which is the best song from "Into The Skyline" by a large margin. The only weakness is whenever the compilation moves away from singles and starts to dip into album tracks, whilst the songs they use are good there are much better songs which have been left out and deserved to be here far more than, for example, "Tell Me", and all the D-Mob collaborations are missing, which is a real shame.
But assuming that you haven't got all the material that's here, and that you don't mind risking seven pounds, this is one album I won't hesitate to tell everyone to buy, especially as all three original albums are deleted. Oh yes, and for completists the version of "Everybody Move" here is the hard to find 7-inch single and not the far inferior album version.