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A compilation that lives up to its title
on November 15, 2008
This album really is an eclectic mix of music.
I admit I'm not necessarily the core audience for KCRW. I'm more mainstream alternative in my musical tastes. However I recognized a couple of acts (Spoon, The Shins) that I do like and decided to give it a listen.
It's hard to give such a diverse compilation an overall review without getting into detail about each song. There is such a wide range of musical styles on one album. I found The Shins tune did not disappoint me, although I didn't especially care for the Spoon song.
A couple of acts I wasn't familiar with did impress me - Orange Lights and Goldspot. In general the more "ethereal" sounding songs were pretty good, but I didn't care for the more quirky tunes like Fruit Machine or Heart It Races.
This is an album that really feels geared toward a hardcore KCRW fan. For me it was a mix of hits and misses. Overall it was ok. I would probably give it 3.5 stars if I could. But in the end it closer to 3 stars than 4.