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Various Artists - Rock Stars

2008-05-09 15:54
Once you get past the clunky Nickelback effort, however, things begin to look up a bit. Florida outfit Yellowcard have actually become a better band over time and here contribute the enjoyable “Light Up The Sky” which, together with contributions from My American Heart and Stone Sour, suggest that the fate of “modern” rock music may not entirely be at a loss.

The first half of the album serves as a mild intro to the harder second act, with Theory Of A Deadman, Breaking Benjamin and Placebo letting us know just how painful and unjust life can be.

Unsurprisingly though, a bit of distance from the overcrowded US scene allows the SA contingent to bring a fresher perspective to the potjiekos, with The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Crash Car Burn and One Day Remains all flying the flag with pride, and even expats Seether and Dave Matthews Band add a touch of Saffer rock class.

While perhaps indistinguishable from the slew of rock compilations catered to the casual fan who just can’t make the investment in a full album, Rock Stars makes a good case for itself by showcasing true-blue SA talent.

- Shaheema Barodien

To coincide with yet another inexplicable Nickelback hit, comes Rock Stars, a compilation of hardcore-emo-punk rock that brings together some of the US modern rock charts biggest names and a few of South Africa’s own shining stars.

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