Various Artists

Now We Are 5

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Independent Canadian label Sonic Unyon celebrated its fifth anniversary in 1998 by releasing Now We Are 5, a wildly varied collection of artists and styles, veering from the neo-metal of Trigger Happy through the sweet folky pop of Mayor McCa and on to the electronic stylings of Kittens. While this makes for a bit of a schizophrenic listen, it does manage to capture the essence of the eclectic label. Whereas bands often contribute sub-par material to such collections, many of the songs on Now We Are 5 rank among the best of the respective artists, including Tricky Woo's Detroit stomp on "Teenage Hurricane," Danko Jones' "Dr. Evening," and Hayden's neo-folk on "Neil Young Song." Other highlights include Mayor McCa's "What Would You Do If I Shared My Umbrella With You and Shallow, North Dakota's take on the classic rock chestnut, "Green Eyed Lady."

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