I had thought that 2004 was a disappointing year for new music - how could one think otherwise when we are supposed to believe that the likes of Razorlight and the Dears are in any way innovative?
In desperation, I turned to this complilation to see if there were any hidden gems. Thankfully, my curiosity was rewarded.
I was familiar with some of the bands featured - newer operators such as Bloc Party and Sons and Daughters and old stalwarts like Sonic Youth and Coil - all of whom impress on this showing. However, there are many other superb tracks. The absolute highlight is the Go! Team tune - so good that I rushed out and bought their album. The slightly introspective first CD is packed full of ballads with an edge and the second CD reintroduces experimentation to modern music - not before time.
This is a brilliant chronicle of en excellent year for music.