The best thing about this compilation is the packaging - ripping off the seminal 90s album "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack (who surprisingly don't feature on here) - but the actual contents don't fulfil the name. The tracks cover the years 1989 to 1994, and as for "alternative" - what we do get is a rambling mix of indie, baggy, britpop, sub-grunge, chart and rave tunes. It starts off well enough with the 90s defining Oasis classic "Live Forever" followed by "Movin' on Up" from Primal Screams' amazing 'Screamadelica'. There's plenty of other good songs on here, great to see Ned's Atomic Dustbin, but the impact is lost by extremely poor ordering, and ill-advised clashes of genre - the annoying kiddy rave of the Prodigys' "Charly" next to the indie-jaggle of "Can You Dig It?" by the Mock Turtles. There are far too many one-hit wonders - and what was "alternative" about "Killer" by Adamski?? This could have been a great chance to showcase the best bands/tracks of the 90s. Where are Blur, Boo Radleys, Ride, Stone Roses, Verve, Manics, Radiohead, Nirvana, Dinsosaur Jr, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead, Tricky.... you get the picture.