Various - The Anthems

With a near 50:50 split of old and new, The Anthems proves there were plenty of middling “alternative” bands B.K. (before Keane). It’s hard to believe anyone would still want to listen to Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones or Cast, at least if you can accept anyone would have ever wanted to in the first place. The discerning listener may additionally scratch their head and again ponder the point of Snow Patrol and Razorlight, and that's before they reach The Feeling and Embrace. As much as I’d normally choose Sugababes over Arctic Monkeys, the moody threesome’s cover of I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor is, to put it politely, ill-advised.

Yet a compilation as thrown together as this - the pedantic will notice even some of the band and track names aren’t entirely correct on the sleeve - is, by law of averages, bound to throw up a few fine tunes. Moloko’s The Time Is Now, The Stone Roses’ Begging You, and The Charlatans’ Love Is The Key are amongst the songs that every so often spike the interest, going some way to addressing the general feeling of "meh". I've not done the maths, but a quick trip to iTunes may still prove more cost effective than splashing out on these two CDs.

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