I bought this album on download upon its Internet release and have played nothing else since. Good compilations are a mix of the familiar and the unusual, and this is a BRILLIANT compilation. There are a few cover versions - Kaiser Chiefs' version of Heard it through the grapevine is the stand-out cover - but every piece of original material deserves credit.
Elbow, Babyshambles and Bloc Party, bands I previously had little time for, are a revelation, but the two outstanding tracks are by artists I had no previous knowledge of: Belle & Sebastian and Emanual Jal. They are melodic and pack a lyrical punch. By highlighting these tracks I do the others an injustice: everyone will have different favourites but the best thing that can be said is that the album is more than the sum of its parts and the 22 tracks just fly by.
Money well spent, and hopefully, well used by this worthy cause.