Led by former Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery, Cracker are clearly bad people to pick a fight with. 2006's Greatest Hits Redux is not the traditional best-of compilation, but substantially a collection of re-recordings of old Cracker songs, released as a protest against a more orthodox collection put out by the band's former label, Virgin — and released, what's more, on the same day, with a plea to fans to buy this one, instead. As if that wasn't enough, Redux includes an unsubtle rebuke to Virgin, rejoicing in the title "It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself." The re-worked songs are generally faithful to the originals, and perhaps even better, as Cracker channel the vengeful venom animating the project into some zestful performances — "Teen Angst" and the deadbeat's romantic entreaty "Mr. Wrong" are not at all wearied by their age.
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