Having just stumbled upon this item for sale, I must admit to being rather perplexed as to the artists it features.
A regular reader of NME, I buy the magazine for its discussion of all that is new and different in the world of indie. Naturally, the input of record companies requires that certain bands be featured in their magazine from time to time regardless of the what the writers want to promote and this I understand. But to put out a CD containing half the contents of the Radio 1 playlist (such is the indie/pop crossover these days)as suggested in the previous reviewer, this seems like a purely money-making exercise to please a few record company bods at Christmas.
So come on NME, what do you really believe in? You suggest in your pages each week that great new music comes in the shape of Larrikin Love, The Long Blondes, Klaxons, The Sunshine Underground etc - where are they in this collection of 'essential' bands? Can you please stand up and tell us what you really like?!
I'm not denying there's some good stuff on here in places. But Razorlight - Essential Band?! Save my ears, please.....