Wednesday, September 7 2011
Phillips manages to create a conflicting compilation album admired for the beauty of the music -- but with a disappointing physical packaging.
Sunday, July 24 2011
It's starting to feel -- heady delusion -- as if the rest of the globe is going to be able to relive 1970s West Africa completely just by bouncing from label to label.
Thursday, May 12 2011
Just ignore that cover and you'll be treated to some of the finest punk music you've (n)ever heard.
Sunday, July 25 2010
Framed by Putumayo, the Rainbow Nation sounds unified. South Africa presents, not so much a country, as a massive group hug.
Sunday, February 14 2010
This Californian label doesn't make a huge noise, but its ear for indie pop is sound, and its compilations are rewarding.
Wednesday, January 20 2010
Classic songs, but do we really need another Creedence compilation?
Monday, December 14 2009
This is the collection you'd expect from a body whose aim is to put as many acts in one place as possible and present them as pleasingly as possible so that they will be written about.
Thursday, October 1 2009
Geoff Willis, the compiler, must have been aiming to put together a concise round-up of living musicians who show their own fidelity to established styles. This comes off pretty well.
Monday, June 18 2007
Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.