Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Metal
Among the recent glut of good-cause charity albums, No Alternative stands out as the best, both for its performances and its cause (proceeds benefit the Red Hot organization in the fight against AIDS). The high points a... more »
Among the recent glut of good-cause charity albums, No Alternative stands out as the best, both for its performances and its cause (proceeds benefit the Red Hot organization in the fight against AIDS). The high points are Soul Asylum's unlikely cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing;" outtakes from recent albums by Chicago's Urge Overkill and Smashing Pumpkins; "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence," the major-label debut by Pavement; a surprise hard-rocking Nirvana track, and "Memorial Song," an a capella tribute from punk godmother Patti Smith to the late Robert Mapplethorpe. --Jim DeRogatis
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Michael K. (destroyalltacos) from MALDEN, MA
Reviewed on 4/20/2009...
Not essential, but it's worth picking up if you're a fan of at least a few of the bigger name artists on here. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Matthew Sweet, Smashing Pumpkins and Pavement all contribute solid non-album tracks, and it could also serve as a decent introduction to great but somewhat lesser-known acts like Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, and Buffalo Tom.
Lisa B. (Lisa) from CTR TUFTNBORO, NH
Reviewed on 6/28/2006...
This is a great mix from the early 90s - a favorite.
A trip down Gen X memory lane
L. C. Murtaugh | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 05/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just popped this CD in yesterday, for the first time probably since 1996. What a great compilation! Anyone who wants to remember what the Great Rock Realignment was all about needs to pick up this album -- as does any fan of Soundgarden, Pavement, the Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana, all of whom contribute excellent tracks. (The last of which is uncredited.) The Pumpkins track, "Glynis," is especially wonderful, as it harkens back to the era when Billy et al. were still haunting and creepy, rather than just [mad]. It's a bit depressing to think about what was and what might have been, listening to this CD, and then to realize what we have on the radio today, but the album is also a good reference point: whenever you start to think that maybe Incubus or Linkin Park is actually a good band, you can pop this in and remind yourself what good bands really sound like."
Varied Collection, good mix, and a good idea
L. C. Murtaugh | 04/14/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I honestly bought this CD only for the hidden Nirvana track, "Verse Chorus Verse" and for the Smashing Pumpkins song "Glynis". But I found something else...this CD, at points, is extremely good. Aside from some of the trite and very loathsome pieces by an Early Goo Goo Dolls, a badly choosen cover of "Sexual Healing", particually on a CD about AIDS awareness, by Soul Asylum, this CD shines. The best track on here is by far Uncle Tupelo's cover of the CCR song "Effigy", overly beautiful, its loud, abrasive, and even more haunting then when John Fogerty ripped his way thorugh the song. Urge Overkill serves up a great song as well. Soundgarden comes up short, The Beastie Boys deliver, and Nirvana comes across with one of their most powerful songs, and most intricate ever. The guitar solo is worth the cost of this CD.But all in all, No Alternative has its moments of pure glory, and moments of recycled pessismism, and useless trite. It is with 19 tracks, and 78 mins of running time, a good buy, and good addidtion to any collection"