All of the tracks on Alternative NRG were recorded on solar-powered equipment -- it's a gimmick, because without the ploy no one would be interested in this hodgepodge of live tracks from mainstream alternative groups, including R.E.M., U2, James, Midnight Oil, Soundgarden, and UB40. While of the tracks are of interest to hardcore fans, any casual listener will find the endless series of passable live tracks somewhat tedious; only R.E.M.'s funked-up version of "Drive" stands out from the pack.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine