NME Presents The Essential Bands 2006 Review

artist: Various Artists date: 12/29/2006 category: compact discs

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Various Artists: NME Presents The Essential Bands 2006
Release Date: Dec 27, 2005
Label: NMG/Universal Music Group
Genres: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 40
2006 double disc Britpop collection compiled by NME, the UK's weekly music rag who virtually invented and continually supports the genre.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 7.7
NME Presents The Essential Bands 2006 Reviewed by: Rock God #1, on december 29, 2006
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Sound: This double CD consists of some of the best indie rock/pop tracks of the year (2006). Totalling at 40 tracks (20 on each CD), this is a great present for anyone who simply loves Britrock. The more well-known songs on the album com right at the start (for example, on CD 1, tracks 1-12 are either well-known songs or are by well-known artists. There are not so many in comparison, on CD 2, but it's quality not quantity). // 7

Lyrics: Well the lyrics as a whole are good. But the award for best lyrics is shared between Thom Yorke's Harrowdown Hill and The Charlatans' Blackened Blue Eyes. The lyrics as a whole go with the music, hard to pin it down really because of the shear number of songs on the album. Thom Yorke's a great singer. Preston from The Ordinary Boys isn't. We can't all be perfect. // 9

Overall Impression: Well it certainly compares to some other compilations that I've heard before. Shame I can't remember them because they were so (insert rude word here). Anyway, there's certainly a collection of good songs here (and also some lacklustre ones to fill in some CD space). The most impressive songs? See above. It's a great album for those people that listen to Radio 1 in the UK frequently, or read the NME. However, it isn't a metalheads cup of tea I'm afraid. Even some NME readers might not be too pleased with it. What do I hate about it? No Muse, curses. It was given to me by a friend for Christmas. If it were lost or stolen, I would be more inclined to buy the 2005/2006 festival CD instead I'm afraid. A good album nonetheless. // 7

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