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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B002YUREF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on February 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The music press tends to criticize artists for not branching out and not taking risks. Unfortunately, Martika is an example of how an artist is punished by the record-buying public for doing something bold.

Martika's always had considerable talent. Her voice is strong, capable of a maturity that her contemporaries Tiffany and Debbie Gibson can't touch, she had both looks and charisma, and she's credited as a songwriter on most of her material. Most importantly, there was a latent ferocity in Martika's performances which adds a great deal of edge to her music, whether it was synth-dance songs or power ballads.

It's a shame that the careening sales of her sophomore album Martika's Kitchen had sent her into anonymity, because this is '80s pop music that holds up better than most, just for energetic performance. First hit "More than You Know" has the predictable pure-synth arrangement, but listen to Martika's vocal and you'll hear a vibrato and phrasing unusual in teen singers of that era, possibly attributable to her background in acting. Flagship monster hit "Toy Soldiers" still has a great deal of charm thanks to a dynamic arrangement with big peaks and valleys, and Martika's go-for-broke vocal, fine by any standard. I can't remember any teen-pop artist going as far as her feral, almost punk-ish cries near the end of the song -- sure she overreaches her range, but it's exhilarating to hear and adds immensely to the song. And while it's a tired choice for a cover song, "I Feel the Earth Move" suits Martika's vocal style nicely, allowing her to exploit that resonant low end (something Mandy Moore shares) that sets her apart from her colleagues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tigress31 on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I really only knew of Martika from the song "Toy Soldiers." I recently saw her in concert leading the band "Oppera" and became quite intrigued with her musical talent. I purchased this Cd due to that fact, and found that I love every song on it. It's one of those Cd's where the songs ring

over and over again in your head, and you just have to play it and hear them. Amongst the few that really stand out for me are "Water" and "Martika's Kitchen". Those are two really great catchy tunes. I'm definitely a hooked fan of Martika's now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By swimmer on December 27, 2008
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if you want to hear the famous toy soilders then you'd be better off buying her single! They cut her voice down right at the end!!!!! :-(
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L.A.R. on May 3, 2005
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It would appear that any fan of Martika probably already has all 2 of her albums, so the record company decides to put most of the songs on one disc and call it a greatest hits??? Well cashing in on the Eminem thing is most likely 100% of it....otherwise they would have tried to appeal to Martika fans by including unreleased tracks (preferably tracks that she was working on for a 3rd album that never surfaced...ie: "Monday" "Song of Regret" "Still Sprung" & "Blue Eyes (Are Sensitive To The Light)".....

BUT, then again that would mean that they might have to pay Martika some $$ for the hits package other than just exercising their repackaging rights. Gimme a break, and keep the CD while you're at it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dogville on January 29, 2005
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As opportunistic as it can be, Sony Music has decided to release a collection from Martika, possibly due to Enemiem's sampling of the song Toy Soldiers on his own hit Like Toy Soldiers. This is not so much a greatest hits collection since Martika only had a chance to do two albums, both of which are splendid by the way.

On her self-titled debut in 1988, she gained much fame for several tracks, most notably the soaring #1 ballad Toy Soldiers and a danceable remake of Carole King's I Feel The Earth Move, giving the song a nice fresh sound altogether. Other great songs from the album include Cross My Heart (also done by a group called 8th Wonder) and More Than You Know.

Her sophormore album which saw Prince helping out in 1991 contained several solid tracks including Prince's haunting Love...Thy Will Be Done, the funky title track Martika's Kitchen and Don't Say U Love Me.

Several other album tracks and remixes make up the rest of this album, and perhaps this is the best you can get to a complete Martika collection since there wasn;t much to begin with.

But this forgotten star is definitely also underrated and talented. She collaborates in a new group called Oppera which is getting good reviews. Check that out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reymundo on March 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was a domestic greatest hit package that was long overdue. No doubt that Sony Legacy jumped on the bandwagon since Eminem resurrected the song on his "Like Toy Soldiers," but SHAME on everyone involved, not so much for using it in the CD title, but for audaciously editing the English version of the track by fading at at 4 minutes, 10 seconds and leaving the Japanese version to run in all the song's original glory. Someone should be fired!
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By zooni on February 13, 2008
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Even though I don't like some of the songs on the greatest hits, the ones I do like warrant a 5 star rating because they are classic 80's and 90's hits. For Martika's brief appearance on the pop scene at least she has cranked out such hits as "More Than U Know", "Toy Soldiers", "Cross My Heart", and "Love Thy Will B Done". It's cool how the greatest hits collection includes a Prince remix of "Love Thy Will B Done". This is a must have for any old school fans who like that 80's sound baby!
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