"MTV Music I Like" might as well have been called "MTV Men I Like" - with a couple of exceptions, the line-up of artists in this compilation reads like an issue of GQ. Niggling semantics aside, this is a very, very good album, packed to the brim with some very listenable tunes by today's better-known pop icons.
Unfortunately, the first track on the album - Five doing a so-so cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" - is a tad disappointing, but things rapidly begin looking up. There's Westlife with their choir-boy harmonies in "My Private Movie", American sensation N-Sync doing a little-known but very listenable "I'll Never Stop" and March Anthony crooning "I Need To Know". Fool's Garden have another hit on their hands with Suzy (does anyone else think these guys sound like The Beatles at times?) and Gil has a upbeat tone in "It's Your Love".
The flip side stars Westlife again, BBMak with their hit "Back Here", with 98 Degrees, Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys bringing up the rear. There are also some sleeper hits - LFO with "Girl On TV" and the aforementioned "Suzy", for example. But despite some notable omissions (Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, George Michael) and the copious amounts of testosterone aside, I'd recommend you pick up this album - it has some tracks that you probably haven't heard that often, but which are well worth the listen.This article was first published on 20 Sep 2000.