Sampler discs can tend to take on a life of their own, sometimes not even thought of by the creator. Anyone who has seen High Fidelity with John Cusak knows, every event needs a sampler to accompany it. If ATTICUS Dragging the Lake II had to accompany an event, it would be Armageddon.
This sampler is so chocked full of good tunes, it is phenomenal that it’s a one disc deal. 26 tracks in all, this CD features old favorites from bands like Thrice, Hot Water Music, Rise Against and Bane, as well as new tracks from bands like Finch, H2O Down By Law and Lagwagon. Every single track on this album is a positive addition to this mega sampler. Each band offers so much that it overwhelms the senses as excitement builds through each track with anticipation for the next spectacular song.
Overall, this sampler is a homerun for Side One Dummy Records. The winner of best song on this disc goes to Finch with their previously unreleased “Worms of the Universe”. At somewhere between $5-$10, this CD blows the other choices out of the water. I know of no CD’s on the market right now that offer 26 solid tracks for this price. Finally–cheap, good music—maybe it will catch on?
Lyrics- A (So many old and new songs that just blew me out of the water. Lyrics were a highlight on this disc.)
Objectionable Content- C- (With so many punk bands on this disc it isn’t any wonder that expletives were prevalent. It is a shame however as bands like Slick Shoes show on this CD that punk doesn’t necessarily equal vulgar.)
Overall Album- B (Too much cussing could make this a drag for your kids. Overall, it is a spectacular sampling of the talent that is available in the underground right now.)
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