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New Indie 2005


Review: Jack Foley

IT'S fair to say that the indie-alternative music scene has undergone something of a massive resurgence in recent times, thanks to the success of bands like Keane, Razorlight, The Killers and Kasabian.

It's a welcome thing and something that has made listening to the charts a little more bearable.

It was only a matter of time, therefore, before a compilation album specialist seized on the opportunity of collating some of the biggest hits of the day onto one double album for everyone to enjoy.

Step forward New Indie 2005, a double CD packed with some of the biggest anthems of the year, as well as those tunes you may have heard and sung along to without necessarily knowing who they were by.

Of the really obvious stuff to make the cut, Keane's Bend and Break; Embrace's Ashes; Kaiser Chiefs' Oh My God, and Kasabian's Cutt Off are excellent tracks whenever they're played.

But they're not the highlights. And listening to some of the other efforts provide welcome insights into some of the best-kept secrets of the current revival.

Take Joy Zipper's delightfully psychedelic You're So Good, for example. It's a former record of the week on Lauren Lavern's Xfm Drivetime show that provides a mouthwatering indicator of the delights that await you on their Heartlight Set album (one of the records of the year).

Or Thirteen Senses' mighty Salt Wound Routine - another fine track that's taken from one of the overlooked indie gems of 2004 (namely, Invitation).

The Mooney Suzuki's Alive and Amplified is another rousing epic that has been used as the bedding music for countless TV montages, while Nine Black Alps' Over The Ocean provides telling evidence of the quality of another of the emerging acts of the moment (and will have you wanting to hear more from their debut album, Everything Is).

New York's The Bravery provide proof that the new indie sound isn't just reserved for the UK, with the New York music scene contributing its fair share of telling anthems (in this case, An Honest Mistake).

While everyone's favourites, The Killers, contribute the upbeat Mr Brightside from their Hot Fuss long-player, that has also spawned the much-loved hits, All These Things That I've Done and Smile Like You Mean It.

There's even room for former indie stalwart, Morrissey (Irish Blood, English Heart).

The list is endless and it's clear that a great deal of thought has gone into making sure this is a damn-near definitive collection that also provides a showcase for emerging acts (courtesy of the bonus CD).

It's sure to grace many a CD player during the BBQ/party season, given that the 22 tracks provide a suitably diverse mix of some of the best indie tunes of the moment.

Want more tips? Then check out IndieLondon's best albums of 2004

Joy Zipper: Find out why we're raving about this New York duo

Keane: The biggest new act of 2004 reflect on their breakthrough year

Thirteen Senses: An exclusive interview with one of the brightest new indie acts around

Track listing:
1. Oh My God - Kaiser Chiefs
2. Somewhere Else - Razorlight
3. Hounds Of Love - The Futureheads
4. Cutt Off - Kasabian
5. So Here We Are - Bloc Party
6. Mr Brightside - The Killers
7. An Honest Mistake - The Bravery
8. 3345 - The Black Velvets
9. Tied Up Too Tight - Hard-Fi
10. Killamanjiro - Babyshambles
11. The Bucket - Kings Of Leon
12. Alive And Amplified - The Mooney Suzuki
13. Talk Talk Talk - The Ordinary Boys
14. Lackey - The Others
15. The Good Ones - The Kills
16. Play The Hits - Hal
17. Ashes - Embrace
18. Forgiveness - Engineers
19. Salt Wound Routine - Thirteen Senses
20. Chocolate - Snow Patrol
21. Bend And Break - Keane
22. Irish Blood, English Heart - Morrissey

Bonus New Bands Disc
1. Over The Ocean - Nine Black Alps
2. Love Is An Unfamiliar Feeling - The Duke Spirit
3. You're So Good - Joy Zipper
4. End Of An Era - Dogs
5. Code Red - The Boxer Rebellion
6. Panic Attack - The Paddingtons
7. The Spell - Leaves
8. Somebody Else - Kubb


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