Various Artists - 'Tracks You Might Have Missed Vol.3' Album Review
1. SEMI-PRO – Sunny
2. ALTERED SKY – Stupid In The Dark
3. BRAINCOATS – Animals
4. CANAVAR – Sacrilege 5. VICTORY KID – My World
6. SORRY MOM – Rupture
7. WITHIN SHADOWS – Enough Is Enough
8. LAST HOUNDS – Lay Me Down
9. SHARK BAIT – Please Guy
10. CARRY THE CROWN – Fire
11. BETWEEN THE LINES – To The Wind
12. HEAVY SLEEPER – Night Swim
13. LIFE IS SHORT – Life Is Short
14. HIGHLIVES – Nothing Left
15 – SHACKLEFORD – Dopamine
16. I PLEAD GUILTY – For The Sake Of Nothing
17. BARE TEETH – Parted Ways
18. AS EVERYTHING UNFOLDS – Centuries
19. LATTE+ - It’s Ok For Us
20. BETTER THAN NEVER – Learning To Swim
21. REALMS – Painted Demons
22. RECKLESS INTENTIONS - Struggle
23. SUNSET RADIO – Surrounded
24. A FEW TOO MANY – Moving Forwards
I’m at an age when I want to hear new music but don’t have the patience to listen through a load of dross on the radio on the off chance they play a decent tune.
Anyway most of the stuff I listen to these days doesn’t get near the mainstream. That’s why albums like this are a Godsend. Basically it’s a compilation of up and coming bands, a chance for them to reach an audience they may otherwise not have access to. It’s also a great way for people like me to hear bands you wouldn’t normally come across. This release focuses on Alternative/Punk bands.
Sadly for me the album doesn’t live up to the idea. After a while the bands stop being different bands, to my old ears they all fit into a very narrow genre and each track I’m left thinking “Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Sum 41”. There are a few exceptions that pique my interest, Canavar – 'Sacrilege', and Life Is Short - 'Life Is Short' are both stand out tracks for me.
So the question is would I buy this album? I suppose that’s the purpose of a review. Well actually yes I would, why wouldn’t I? A chance to hear 24 bands I would otherwise not have heard for the price of a cd, I’d be a fool not to. Okay this time most of the bands aren’t my kind of thing but that’s always the risk you take.
I would like to see more record labels (I’m showing my age) doing this. I can’t be the only one disinterested in radio but with a thirst for new bands. With all that in mind I’m awarding 'Tracks You Might Have Missed V3' 4 stars, if I had personally liked more bands it would have been 5!
Give it a go, be a risk taker, that’s how new music will survive!
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Review - Andrew Forcer