Charlie Gillett has been compiling his annual Sound Of The World compilations for a good few years now (and the World compilations before them), and was putting this one together at the time of his premature death in March 2010. I don't know if I'm being overly sentimental due to his loss, but this is my favourite of them all. The reason is simple - this compilation is much more worldwide in origin than some of its predecessors which felt very Africa-heavy. Some of the tracks on Anywhere On This Road, including the stunning title track by late North American singer Lhasa, Jaco by Yasmin Levy and the penetrating Ben Seni Sevdigumi by Turkey's Sevval Sam, stick with you for a long time due to the raw emotion they convey. Others, like DVA's Dua and Tinariwen's Tenhert are so infernally catchy they worm into your brain and will not leave. Yet others will have you shuffling around the room (Staff Benda Bilili's Moziki, Ojos De Brujo's Nueva Vida), and more can just be classified under the heading 'a great listen', such as Fat Freddy's Drop with The Raft, and Duoud and Malouma's Missy Nouackshott. These Sound Of The World compilations are more than just a World Music version of 'NOW Album', because NOW albums have half a dozen triumphs and a lot of filler, whereas these compilations feature gem after gem after gem. If you like to listen to new things, there's no better way to introduce yourself to such a wide range in 34 tracks.