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Various: Solid PR Presents Vol. OneSolid PR Presents Vol. One (2005)
On the Rise

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I'm usually not very fond of compilation albums. It's a solid enough idea: Throw a bunch of bands on there, give kids a chance to hear 12 bands on one album rather than make one band record 12 songs, but I find they're often hard to listen to. The mixing of certain bands does not flow well at all, a.

I'm usually not very fond of compilation albums. It's a solid enough idea: Throw a bunch of bands on there, give kids a chance to hear 12 bands on one album rather than make one band record 12 songs, but I find they're often hard to listen to. The mixing of certain bands does not flow well at all, and sequencing should be the first concern of whatever label or group is putting the comp together.

This is a special case, though. Solid PR have put together a two-disc, 34-song compilation to raise both money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. A great cause indeed, and thankfully for prospective buyers and listeners alike this compilation is good. Damn good.

One look at the bands appearing here and you doubt that it could ever work. No, the Unicorns don't flow perfectly into Jesu, and An Albatross doesn't carry well into Vanishing, but the songs picked for each of the bands on here is great. There's some new, unreleased material from the Braves, Scouts Honor, and Thunderball Fist, but great established songs from bands like Discordance Axis and Hella are also present. Disc 1 is the stronger of the two, with every song perfectly fitting the role it's designated. The mix is what's most appealing; you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere the Great Redneck Hope's "Hey, the Lord is Awesome, Pass it On" and the A-Sides' "Everyone Knows the Way" in the same place. But aside from Hella, An Albatross, and the Unicorns, the majority of tracks are not from well-known, established acts, but that doesn't mean they don't stand out. The Post Office Gals present a mix that's unique if nothing else, with harsh shrieking vocals and bouncy keyboards, while Lewis & Clark's acoustic endeavor is strikingly beautiful. Disc II, however, is not without its fare share of good musical moments.

Offering few names any more well-known than the former disc, the second succeeds just as well on its own terms. Grindcore heavyweights Discordance Axis get in on the action with "Sega Bass Fishing," while the electronic beats and delicate female vocals of I Am the World Trade Center do their best to contrast the former's sheer power, and Mixel Pixel make their Modest Mouse worship quite well-known. Some surprisingly engaging tracks come courtesy of Shortstack, with their dark, eerie instrumental vibe, and Oxbow with their powerful live rendition of "The Stick." Unlike the first, the second disc does somewhat falter at the end. All Paralells' "Work" sounds like it was cut directly off modern rock radio, and Flashlight Arcade's "Dead to the World" sounds a bit too Story of the Year for my tastes.

A good benefit for a terrific cause. Sequencing isn't superb, but there are a great collection of songs on Disc I, and most will find plenty to like on Disc II as well. With 34 songs and over 2 hours of music, this compilation is well worth your time.


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Anonymous (October 5, 2005)

hella is amazing.

otrrecords (October 5, 2005)

thanks so much for the great review!
And a little self promotion.. you can buy the benefit CD from interpunk :)


Thanks again to the whole staff over at punknews. its great to see support for something we believe in so deeply.

Anchors (October 4, 2005)

I've no question made mix/tapes CD's with flow problems. It can be really hit or miss, so I didn't hold it that much against this comp.

While it is a benefit for a terrific cause, as I mentioned in the review at least twice, it was submitted to be just that, a review. If I was to do that on cause alone, it'd be a 10, but I have to review encompassing everything, hence why it's a 7.

Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

don't be so critical; I'm sure you've made a mix tape or two in your day that didn't flow perfectly. it's too bad people are acting like posh indie rock royalty; just give it a listen and remember that it's a BENEFIT cd, to BENEFIT people with MS, like me. hmph.

pastepunk (October 4, 2005)

This comp is a great, great introduction to all varities of independent music while benefitting a very worthwhile cause. Not every track is amazing, but you're bound to go nuts for at least a handful of bands you likely haven't heard before.

surgicalsoundspecimen (October 4, 2005)

The most awesome of awesome things.

Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

Great track listing and for a great cause. I got my copy when it first came out. I think its important. My uncle has MS and its a very serious disease. Much respect to these guys!

localh (October 4, 2005)

better review right here....
Whack cd!

andrew13 (October 4, 2005)

score is for An Albatross...
i saw them a few weeks ago for the first time with the Sw!ms...
holy fucking god are they amazing live...

as for Lewis and Clarke, i've only seen their lead singer play accoustic to open for Cursive... i geuss Phillip, the keyboard player from An Albatross and the Sw!ms is in the band too... so that's reason for them to be decent... most people in wilkes-barre wet themselves at the mention of their name, so they have a pretty good fanbase in the area...

TeddyTexas (October 4, 2005)

Anchors, if I were in the audience and you were playing the outfield I would be like this; "anchors, anchors, anchors." Then you would throw fireworks at me and I'd laught.

Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

no care ever

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