Top positive review
Samplers are a good thing, even if the artists are not unknowns.
on 19 August 2014
None of these artists is unknown. There is a extensive Wikipedia article on each and several have a profile from their current or previous activities. The Flaming Lips and Van Dyke Parks are very well-known artists from different generations and Philip Sleway is likely better-known as Radiohead's drummer. However, the sampler format has always been a way of getting new music to new ears and for that reason I tend to rate these Amazon samplers as 5 stars even if I'm not fond of the actual music. I did quite like the Van Dyke Parks track and the Midlake track would fit unobtrusively into a chillout playlist, but others will like/dislike other tracks.