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Rough Trade Counter Culture 10 [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B004FO932S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Casanova - Actress
2. Dreaming - Allo Darlin'
3. One - ANBB
4. Butt-house Blondies - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
5. Dream Out - Balam Acab
6. Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty) - Big Boi
7. Dust Shuffle - Brian Eno
8. Own Side - Caitlin Rose
9. Odessa - Caribou
10. 1, 2, 3 - Cours Lapin
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Beasts Will Have You - Law of the Rope
2. You Put a Spell On Me - Matthew Dear
3. Vampire Jive - Mazes
4. All Repro - Mobius Plank Neumeier
5. Shoulder Trouble '07 - Neil Hamburger
6. Khulumani - Nkata Mawewe
7. Vinkonur - lf Arnalds
8. Returnal - Oneohtrix Point Never
9. Burnout Eyes - oOoOO
10. Lay in a Shimmer - Pantha Du Prince
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 for 2010 16 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Making February more bearable for the ninth year running, Counter Culture 10 arrives with a little twist on the established format. Since Rough Trade Shops: Counter Culture 03: Best Of 2003 the two discs have been split roughly into one 'quiet' and one 'loud'. This time around, the styles are mixed together, but not quite in the same way as the original Counter Culture: Rough Trade Shops (2002).

On this occasion, the entries into this year's roundup are listed alphabetically. Pedants and librarians will doubtless be lining up to point out that artists should never be filed by forename, and nothing should be placed under 'The' (with the possible exception of The The), but quibbles aside, it is an interesting experiment that leads to some intriguing stylistic shifts.

Moving from the booty-shakin' beats of Big Boi to Brian Eno's peerlessly unsettling ambience and onward to Caitlin Rose's luscious harmonies is an experience that probably should not work, but certainly does. Over on disc two, the heart-swelling Icelandic folk of Ólöf Arnalds and the dizzying electronica of Oneohtrix Point Never make unusual, but enjoyable, bedfellows. Once or twice the mismatch of styles jars a little - such as when Hannah Peel's cover of 'Sugar Hiccup' (even more swoonsome than the Cocteaus' original) collides with Human Skab (two kids kicking bottles under a flyover, by the sound of it) - but mostly it all sweeps and soars along beautifully.

As ever with this series, the variety and quality of the selected songs is astonishing. You probably won't like every single track on here, but you'll have a great time finding out which ones you do, and the ones you like may well become favourites for years to come.
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To quote the previous reviewer:

"As ever with this series, the variety and quality of the selected songs is astonishing."

That's all you need to know.

Long gone are the days when compilation albums were the last refuge of the scoundrel; Rough Trade have made February a month to genuinely look forward to with their Counter Culture releases. If you've kept up to date with good music during 2010, there will be familiar names; Ariel Pink, Caribou, Darkstar, Strange Boys, Ty Segal. Nothing new from these acts here, but great to have them all in one place.

If you insist on shopping by genre, well, time to broaden your horizons a little. The only genre on this 44 track double CD is "great music".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as ever 3 Jun 2011
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Each year Rough Trade put together a compilation of their favourite tunes from the previous year. The selection from 2010 is as good as ever. Mixed up a little, which I prefer, it allows you to listen through and sample some of the tunes from people you never would have normally experienced. Its a bit like a liquorice allsorts of a CD. You won't like everything. But that's not the point.

Each year I usually buy two or three of the full albums of the artists. This year will be no exception with Ariel Pink already added to the collection and the more I listen the more I am sure will follow.

This compilation is for those who want a taster of what's been good on the fringes for the last year and want to expand their horizons a little. I am certainly enjoying tracks like Shutterbug that I never would have listened to without this.
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