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Rock of the '90s, Vol. 1: Rock from the Revolution

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Priority's Rock of the '90s, Vol. 1: Rock from the Revolution is an odd collection. First of all, disregard the subtitle -- it's hard to imagine anyone calling Dada or the Goo Goo Dolls "revolutionary," let alone superstar sideprojects like the Hindu Love Gods or Tin Machine. Take it as a sampler of alternative rock from the late '80s and early '90s. Granted, it isn't a great collection -- Public Image Limited and Dada are represented by sub-par tracks, Concrete Blonde's "Bloodletting" should have been "Joey" and it's hard to see why Bowie' Tin Machine or the REM-Warren Zevon busman's holiday Hindu Love Gods were even allowed near this thing. Disregard those songs, and you have good songs from three '80s indie-rock survivors -- the Replacements ("Merry Go Round"), Bob Mould ("It's Too Late") and Redd Kross ("Annie's Gone") -- plus the Goo Goo Dolls' greatest song, "We Are the Normal," which is the closest they ever came to capturing Paul Westerberg's sloppy genius.

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