Back in 2004, Rough Trade Shops released a spanking collection of Indiepop tunes that glittered as it dazzled as it excited. After a five year gap, they have returned with this little gem, every inch the match of its predecessor, but brought bang up to date.
There is nothing groundbreaking to be found here - each act in plainly in thrall to what has gone before, be it C86 jangle or Jesus And Mary Chain feedback - but there is genius and variety aplenty. Served up for your enjoyment is the wistful whimsy of The Boy Least Likely To, the addictive everything-but-the-kitchen-sink stomp of Los Campesinos!, the fuzzbomb catchiness of The Manhattan Love Suicides, and all points in between, with nary a weak track amongst them.
If you bought the first RTS Indiepop comp, this is purpose-built for you. If your interests lie in the twee, the fuzzy and the joyfully twangy, your attendance is also mandatory. In truth, only a heart of stone and hips of lead could not be moved by this collection of tasty treats.
Rough Trade Shops - more please!