VARIOUS ARTISTS: It Came from Alabama: LP

I consider it a high compliment when I say that this compilation made up of bands from, you got it, Alabama, could have come from any decade from the ‘60s to the present era. All the shades of fun, poppy, beach-blanket-bingo, rock’n’roll punk are represented here. (It begs the question: do they go to the beach in Alabama?) I do not mean to give the impression that this is a kitschy throwback or retro surf-rock album. It still sounds fresh and new. It just has that vibe that connects Dick Dale to Television to the Go-Go’s to Sonic Youth to Joyce Manor and back around again. I like almost everything I mentioned above and I like almost everything on this compilation. 

 –John Mule (Eyesore)