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Non Stop '90s Rock

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Non Stop '90s Rock is a very solid 18-song collection that does a good job of weaving together the various strands of American alternative pop/rock into a seamlessly listenable collection. There is a home for everything from the glorious mope blues of Mazzy Star's "Fade into You" to the goofy pop-punk of the Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump" to the insanely breezy dance-pop of LEN's "Steal My Sunshine" to the hooky heartland rock of the Gin Blossoms' "Hey Jealousy" to the shiny sophisticated pop of Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffany's." They even found room for the cuddly Butthole Surfers ("Pepper") and the blink-and-you-missed-him Eagle-Eye Cherry ("Save Tonight"). There is nothing remotely dangerous or wild about this collection at all. For that side of the '90s, you will have to look elsewhere. If what you need is a straightforward, melodically pleasing collection that sounds like a hip commercial or very unhip college radio station of the '90s, then this is a sterling choice.

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