Various - Smashed

In the wake of all the "new rave" hype, perhaps it makes good money-spinning sense to release a compilation appealing to indie, dance and rock kids. So here's Smashed, a compilation appealing to indie, dance and rock kids.

There are plenty of excellent tracks scattered across these two CDs. Standing In The Way Of Control (The Gossip) and Gravity's Rainbow (Klaxons) are strong current indie anthems, while entries from The Charlatans, Primal Scream and Beastie Boys qualify as classics. Just Jack, The Streets and Mr Hudson & The Library do that blokey thing (talking over beats, reciting tales of hedonism, etc) very well. Remixes of The Go Team and Bloc Party, along with electro-stormer Yeah Yeah, move more explicitly into dance territory.

What's the downside? Well, listening to Sunshine Underground's Commercial Breakdown, you'd think Shed Seven never went away. Enter Shikari's much touted racket (see Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour) - somewhere between trance and heavy rock - is about as much of a turn on as Jade Goody in a thong. There's also a section of horrid American college rock (Wheatus, Puddle Of Mudd, etc). And Orson. And Ordinary Boys.

Still, overall, Smashed would make a rather spiffing soundtrack choice the next time you invite your MySpace mates round to wreck your folks' house.



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