The highlights include Kinesis 'And They Obey' (melodic metal punk pop), 'Miss Black America 'Drowning By Numbers' & 'All I Want Is Out' (gentle offering), Chris T-T '7 Hearts' (wistful & melodic clearlakeishness), Neo 'Ashleigh' (heavier fare but also melodic), The Dawn Parade 'Wider Than The January Skies' (big emotional guitar fuelled ballad) & 'Caffeine Row' (singer Greg McDonald on a wondrous epic outing), We Can Build You 'In And Out' (catchy female shriek pop), King Adora 'Born To Lose' (a great guitar break & a #68 in UK singles chart ), Cosy Cosy 'Oh Yeah' (with an arresting female trash bubblegum chorus),18th track is Neo with 'Die In America' (an air raid warning siren signals a chilling but fine melodic outing). Other acts featured are The Virgin Suicides (they offer a couple of killer tracks), Antihero, Kneehigh, The Exiles, Impact, Corporation Blend, Volunteers and Asian Dub Foundation (their 'Black & White' final track #21 offers a beautiful ending to the album).
70 minutes of action sounds stamping out an essential part of the popular music landscape. (8½)
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