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  • Summary: The two-disc set for the Scottish indie-rock band includes the reissues of two EPs, an LP, several demos, and live tracks recorded in the late 1980s.
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  1. The original sound of "The Way" has been greatly cleaned up here, and a few songs’ endings have been elongated slightly.
  2. So if the first disc of Enter the Vaselines is absolutely essential, the bonus disc is for fanatics only.
  3. Enter the Vaselines serves as a timely reminder of the old ways we found music: for Cobain, one dreams, as a record in a bin somewhere, and for the rest of us, a recommendation from a friend, a cassette loaned around like a dirty one-hitter.
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    This collects all that, plus demos and live tracks, into a demonstration of how a fabulously obscure Glasgow indie group became one of the most influential of their time. [Jun 2009, p.105]
  5. Here, they sound polished and crisp, which is a remarkable change from other issues of these recordings. Presumably the band is happy sounding this way, but it often feels a little too clean.
  6. Now, 17 years removed from the original stateside release of the band’s music, this expanded reissue (buttressed with an additional disc of decent live tracks and a few cool demos) gives an entirely new generation of pop fans an excuse to dive into the group’s music.
  7. So much of the music here — stripped-down mixtures of pop and punk, with a Big Star emphasis on the pop side — merits a listen or two, its forgiveable that you’d get some redundancy in this completists’ collection.

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