`The Best of Missing Persons
was the band's first retrospective, and unlike the later, single-oriented comps, it draws a broader picture of the Los Angeles new wave act's three albums and one EP. It includes the hit singles -- "Words," "Walking in L.A.," the classic "Destination Unknown" -- as well as a clutch of album cuts ranging from decent to tiresome. Dale Bozzio
's nasally hiccup can get very grating, after all. Nevertheless, it was as much a part of Missing Persons
' sound as were the prominent keyboards and bopping guitar lines, and all three elements are alive and well on Best of Missing Persons
. Get out the sparkly eye shadow and interplanetary plastic brassieres.