Ultimately, though, the question should be whether or not a compilation like this makes me want to seek out the original.
Imagine Belle and Sebastian all grown up, writing music for public television specials and working as music professors.
Fake Brain’s Department of Our Ways is nothing less than refreshing.
Kistchy yet intense is the correct description of this catchy album.
Monkey Hearts is better produced than Pony Express’s previous work.
If you’ve heard all of the hype about this group, and are wondering where to start, this isn’t the place.
Empress makes sparse music that’s both unsettling and beautiful.
Did I mention Farquar Muckenfuss is a psychotic surf band from the depths of some hidden, secret laboratory?
My less-informed-than-some view is that Yo La Tengo are steadily getting more subtle, more heady, and better with age.
If this band doesn’t effect you, check your pulse because you’re probably dead.
The age of electric boogaloo and breakdancing is here once again.
The Deadlines have taken punk and forced it to be as creative as possible, compared to much of the punk found on Tooth and Nail Records.
Honest, relaxed indie-pop that might be a little innocuous at times but still comes off as solid and heartfelt.
I sense that Goodnight Star tried a bit too hard to create an album with a predetermined sound.
Ho-hum, flat, and even downright dull at times
If you come to this album looking for another quick new wave fix, you might be a little disappointed.
Easily some of the most creative music I’ve heard coming out of the Christian scene in a long time.