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Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

  • Summary: A 20-track compilation of B-sides, studio outtakes, and radio performances from the Mercury Music Prize-winning band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Magnet
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    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. Q Magazine
    It's difficult to hear what was wrong with most of the never-before heard material. [Nov 2000, p.101]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    Nothing here will change your life, but rest assured that there's also little in the way of filler. (Oct 2000, p.104)
  7. 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.

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