VARIOUS ARTISTS: Dirtnap Across the Northwest: CD

After all the hype, after all the glowing reviews I read, after looking at the lineup, I really wanted to call this the best compilation ever. Really. And don’t get me wrong, the good songs on here are fantastic, and there are a lot of good songs. But some songs really aren’t that good. It seems like some of these bands are trying so hard to fall under the category of new wave that they either forget the hooks (like the Intelligence) or get really repetitive (like the Cinch). Some of the bands on here that aren’t really new wave are still good, like Mea Culpa, and some still suck, like Midnight Thunder Express. And don’t get me started on how the “new” Briefs song is from their new album. All in all, the good outweighs the bad and this is still a great comp. It just doesn’t live up to its considerable hype. –Not Josh

 –guest (Dirtnap)