• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Oct 10, 2000
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 90
    This twisted, sublime, and otherwise genious U.K. pop outfit's toss-offs, b-sides and radio sessions border on surpassing the group's albums. [#48, p.92]
  2. This compliation of outtakes and throwaways only proves these precocious Brits' junk is better than most bands' A-list stuff. [11/3/2000, p.82]
  3. It's difficult to hear what was wrong with most of the never-before heard material. [Nov 2000, p.101]
  4. Hotline holds together remarkably well as an album, due to good track selection and intelligent segueing; in fact, some of the songs actually run together quite smoothly, with no break between songs. Rarely does a rock band forge such a strong identity so early in their career.
  5. Not only is this "collection of previously unreleased material, rarities, and B-sides" far better than most such discs, but, quite frankly, it's also superior to most regular albums.
  6. 70
    The addition of remixed or alternative versions of favorites like "78 Stone Shuffle," "We Haven't Turned Around" and the complete Gomez rendition of "Getting Better" (featured in the first wave of the Phillips ad campaign) makes this project something for the fanatic to salivate over. As for the casual listener, ASTH could possibly leave you wondering what all the fuss is about, but at the very least gives a slight glimpse into the future and of things to come.
  7. Rarity collections can often times be largely unsatisfying to anyone but die-hard fans, but not so with ASTH. Songs such as "Bring Your Lovin' Back Here," "78 Stone Shuffle" and "Steve McCroski" stand up against the best of anything the band has recorded.
  8. 60
    Nothing here will change your life, but rest assured that there's also little in the way of filler. (Oct 2000, p.104)
  9. 60
    ASTH emphasizes the group's commitment to eclecticism. (Oct. 2000, p.102)
  10. 60
    Shopping Trolley is a fun, for-the-fans work with a heavy dosage of otherwise unavailable rarities. It's safe to say, however, that casual listeners looking for Gomez's Philips [TV commercial] appeal are not best served here. Try 1998's Bring It On instead.
  11. Odds 'n' sods collections rarely have a favorable ratio of unearthed revelations to throwaway tunes -- even for critically acclaimed, British, neotraditionalist, jammy rock bands with gloriously raspy singers.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AshB
    Apr 6, 2006
    7
    Its not as good as their previous efforts. I recommend Split The Difference or Liquid Skin
  2. RobPep
    Mar 20, 2006
    9
    Something a little different from the Gomez boys but well well worth checkin out
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 17, 2003
    9
    Some of their best songs are found here. "Bueva Vista" and "Flavors" are particular standouts.