Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Like the great college radio station that never was. [29 Oct 2004, p.69]
  2. The astute and eclectic programming makes for a better listen than other attempts that have been made to compile '80s alternative rock.
  3. Listening to these four discs, you can really picture an entire nation of college students and twenty-somethings promoting their own gigs, designing their radio station playlists and folding their own record sleeves while staying up late to watch 120 Minutes.
  4. You don't judge a compilation by its hits alone, and it doesn't take long to find the set's weakness: sequencing.
  5. Provides a mind-blowing nostalgic trip for those who grew up with these songs.
  6. A must-have for any fans of true alternative music and a primer for younger generations to see where their favorite bands got their inspiration.
  7. Rolling Stone
    80
    Virtually all of these songs and recordings have held up beautifully. [28 Oct 2004, p.104]
  8. Uncut
    60
    In short, it needs a rigorous editor. [Feb 2005, p.94]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MarcD.
    Jan 11, 2005
    9
    Excellent mix of songs. Makes me miss the days of Richard Blade and Poorman in the mornings on KROQ.
  2. BernardH
    Nov 18, 2004
    10
    Informative and representative of the time. Interesting style shifts. A lot of fun to listen to. Booklet is a great resource.
  3. KyleB
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    GREAT!