Various Artists

A Day in the Park

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Unlike the similarly conceived One Last Kiss, A Day in the Park's focus is much less Anglophilic, sticking to strictly U.S. indie-rock. However, it can't be recommended as an effective introduction to the genre, since most of the top bands (Pavement, Superchunk, Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Unrest) are missing. Instead, we get previously unissued tracks by Versus, Grifters, Small 23, Archers of Loaf and twelve others. Another problem is the songs themselves: they mostly sound like half-baked outtakes with none matching the level that these bands have sometimes reached on their own releases. Strictly for completists.

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