What does alternative mean, anyway? Slightly more hardcore than Britney? Probably, and let me tell you, by the time you've listened halfway through this set, you'll probably long for a bit of basic happy pop.
The common denominator on this compilation isn't love, it's depression. What happened to the good old days of songs like The Cure's "Love Cats", B-52's, "Love Shack" or the Springbok Nude Girls' "I love you?" Gone, all gone - apparently, if you're 'alternative' nowadays, you prefer a good cry to a shag.
This doesn't mean that there's not a lot of great music on this double cd. There is. Goldfrapp's "Black Cherry", Placebo's "Twenty Years, Moby's "Love Should" - the list is, if not endless, at least twenty-eight songs long.
Among many good songs, Doves' "There goes the Fear" stands out. If you haven't discovered this excellent Mancunian band yet (now on their third album), do yourself a service and go and buy Some Cities.
A compilation that queues up Air, Dirty Vegas, Goldfrapp and Massive Attack is going to have a certain melting affect on the listener. But this isn't your classic seduction mix, by any means. Unless you're attracted to gloomy men in beanies, that is, or women with lugubrious tattoos.
- Chris Roper
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