June 07, 2005
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Arena Rock

Album Review

The liner notes to Capitol's 20-track retrospective of rock goddess Pat Benatar's golden years are filled with testimonials from some of the genre's queens, both reigning (Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos) and retired (Jane Wiedlin, Martha Davis). It's a fitting tribute to the artist, as her four-and-a-half-octave vocal range spewing arena-sized anthems has yet to be matched by anyone with as much rock & roll panache. "We Belong," "Shadows of the Night," "Promises in the Dark," and "Love Is a Battlefield" are all certifiable '80s classics -- not just guilty pleasures -- and even later semi-hits like "Sex as a Weapon" and "All Fired Up" don't sound as overwrought as one would imagine, having not heard them in some time. Greatest Hits is just five songs longer than 1989's Best Shots -- reissued in 2003 with an accompanying DVD -- but the inclusion of fan favorites such as "Little Too Late" and "Le Bel Age" make this collection the most effective to date. Fair is fair.
James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Heartbreaker [Single Mix][Version]
  2. We Live for Love
  3. Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  4. Hell Is for Children
  5. Treat Me Right
  6. You Better Run
  7. Fire and Ice
  8. Promises in the Dark
  9. Precious Time
  10. Shadows of the Night [Single Edit]
  11. Little Too Late [Single Edit]
  12. Looking for a Stranger
  13. Love Is a Battlefield [Single Edit]
  14. We Belong
  15. Ooh Ooh Song [Single Edit]
  16. Invincible [Theme from the Legend of Billie Jean][Edit]
  17. Sex as a Weapon
  18. Le Bel Age [Single Edit]
  19. All Fired Up [Single Edit]
  20. One Love (Song of the Lion) [Single Edit]
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