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Probably the coolest Chill Out collection to come out in the UK this year (right up there with the amazing Acoustic Chill album). This is one for the more discerning indie type who doesnt want their collections filled with any rubbish pop/dance filler. 34 tracks, many of which are exclusive to this compilation. Highlights include, Sigur Ros Staraflur, Mojave 3 Return To Sender, Lambchop Up With People, Low July, Nick Drake Northern Sky, I Am Kloot To You, Badly Drawn Boy The Shining, Oasis Half The World Away, Kings Of Convenience Toxic Girl, Turin Brakes Underdog (Save Me), Cousteau Last Good Day Of The Year, Wheat Dont I Hold You, Beta Band Broke, Lemon Jelly Staunton Lick, Blue States Your Girl, Mull Historical Society Barcode Bypass & well, you get the gist of what the other tracks will be. All this at a great low price! 2001.
Sadly A Quiet Riot is neither a tribute to, nor a new album from, the once acclaimed Californian poodle rockers. But, cheer up--this collection of downbeat indie and the occasional dance track may lack the punch (and the hairspray) but that doesn't mean it isn't great. As an indie album first and foremost the selection on A Quiet Riot is hard to beat. Thankfully it avoids all the "chill-out" clichés and heavy-rotation britpop "classics", that tend to dominate other compilations, to deliver over two hours of inspired music from everyone that's anyone--from Goldfrapp to Wheat, the Reindeer Section to alt-country favourites Lambchop via Embrace, the Beta Band and Arab Strap. Acoustic and folk-influenced numbers come courtesy of the usual suspects--Badly Drawn Boy, Turin Brakes, Mojave 3, Kings of Convenience et al, while current indie darlings--Mull Historical Society, Simian and the Bees also feature with recent singles and even better album tracks. But some of the best tracks are from artists you really wouldn't expect to find on a compilation. Bands such as the sadcore outfit Low add a beautiful, sombre tone to the collection along with the spaced-out rock of the Zephyrs and the breathtaking orchestral influenced "Staralfur" from Sigur Ros. A Quiet Riot just goes to show, there's really no need to play it safe--a sentiment I'm sure Quiet Riot would only be too pleased to echo.--Caroline Butler
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Seamlessly stuck together, a quality compilation that will have you hitting the skip back button time and time again. If you like good music and support new innovative bands this is a must have.
Could have been a bit more cutting edge, but is suppose some old faves help to break through. Quiet Riot gets 4 instead of 5 only because I have some track already.
Watch out for the Zephers - Setting Sun, how could it have gone so unnoticed?
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A breath of fresh air.