Solid Records – 2001 – 134 minutes (Double CD)

Featuring 32 acts on a double CD format, this collection is nothing if not eclectic. All the bigger names are here: Stereophonics, Fun Lovin' Criminals, David Gray, The Charlatans and Super Furry Animals, while the more leftfield and rising also make welcome appearances. Included in the latter category are Mercury Prize nominees Turin Brakes and Elbow, raucous US outfit And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Dublin singer/songwriter David Kitt and Tipperary chanteuse Gemma Hayes.

As with all compilations of this nature, however, for every fertile patch there is a complementary barren spell. Ocean Colour Scene and Texas are simply de trop, while the song choices for the likes of The Frames ('Headlong'), Teenage Fanclub ('I Need Direction') and Stereo MC's ('Deep Down & Dirty) are misguided.

A money-spinner, no doubt, but as a soundtrack to these lazy summer evenings, it works. Now for the real thing...

Tom Grealis

Tracklisting CD 1: Have A Nice Day (Stereophonics) – Burn Baby Burn (Ash) – I Need Direction (Teenage Fanclub) – Ask Me How I Am (Snow Patrol) – Red (Elbow) – Underdog (Save Me) (Turin Brakes) – Plug In Baby (Muse) – Swallow (Skindive) – Payback (Backyard Babies) – Road Rage (Catatonia) – My Beautiful Friend (The Charlatans) – Open Arms (Wilt) – Buck Rogers (Feeder) – Loco (Fun Lovin' Criminals) – Up On The Downside (Ocean Colour Scene) – Once Around The Block (Badly Drawn Boy) – Say What You Want (Texas) – Babylon (David Gray)

CD 2: God Is A DJ (Faithless) – Married To Music (Dope Smugglaz) – Woke Up This Morning (Alabama 3) – Since I Left You (The Avalanches) – Deep Down & Dirty (Stereo MC's) – Totally Natural (And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead) – Evil Bill (Clinic) – Song From Hope St. (Brooklyn, NY) (David Kitt) – People Keep Coming Around (Tindersticks) – A Whole Lot To Think About (Wood) – Headlong (The Frames) – Rhadika (Future Pilot AKA) – Evening Sun (Gemma Hayes) – Demons (Super Furry Animals)