I couldn't disagree more with "Mom in Tennis Shoes". When I first heard the original 'A Final Solution', I hated it. Being a mesh fan for 20 years, I felt they had gone too far away from their roots. Not song/lyric-wise, as the collection was unmistakably still mesh, but musically. Guitars and drums, which had disappointingly gained greater prominence on their previous 'We Collide' had by now far outweighed the electronics to a point that made them begin to sound ordinary. I can now listen to that album more objectively and accept it for what it is, but 'An Alternative Solution' is really what AFS would have been like if they had recorded it a decade ago. Every song here is an improvement on the original mix! I also like the additional tracks on the second disc, and hope that in particular the brilliant 'You'll Never Understand' and 'Save Everyone' indicate the future direction for this superb underrated band.
This review is a bit of a cheat as I've only just ordered this album and haven't yet listened to it....but if published, I hope to spread the word about Mesh with this review. Essentially, if you think Depeche Mode are the greatest band ever, you are almost right...because you haven't heard Mesh. More innovative, dancier, better songwriting, ridiculously consistent quality from album to album over twenty years or so. Each album shows progression and increasing maturity, and it may well be the biggest musical injustice of all time that they are so little known. If this lot had started in the early 80's rather than early 90's, they'd be huge. Many years ago after a gig in Bristol when they were still a three piece, they were happy to chat about the technicalities of using technology live and showed me and a mate their sampling and synth set-up. Nice chaps too. Give Mesh a listen if you like DM. You won't regret it. Read the other reviews too, I'm not the only one with this opinion.