By Various Artists
Over the past twelve months, indie music has shot from the depths of dark and dirty underground clubs into the limelight of the mainstream. Acts such as Razorlight and Kasabian appear regularly on the likes of CD:UK alongside pop groups such as McFly and Lemar. Whilst there is no denying I have my reservations about this, due mainly to, some might say, an irrational and possessive nature over certain indie gems, it is surely good to see that this genre of music is once again getting the recognition it deserves, something which has not really been happening since the grand impact of Brit-pop back in the day.
The New Indie celebrates the most successful acts of the current indie scene with tracks from Bloc Party, The Killers, Kings of Leon, The Others and of course, our very own Kaiser Chiefs, whom are a prime example of indie music establishing a bone fide commercial genre of its own in recent months - gees, they're everywhere.
Kicking off like a Friday night at The Session, the likes of The Bravery, Babyshambles, The Ordinary Boys and The (mighty) Kills all make the cut, along with The Futureheads' fabulous cover of 'Hounds of Love'. (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh: surely the best sing-a-long of the year, yes?) And for those of you who like your indie more wet, oops sorry, I mean 'chilled' surely, Keane and Thirteen Senses should sort you out a treat.
Indie kids beware though, like all compilations, there's gonna be something on here that you don't like (they've gone and stuck Morrissey on the end for God's sake...) and there is nothing new so chances are you're gonna have all the tracks you do like anyway. It sticks firmly to those bands that have already secured chart success and so will perhaps be a more suitable purchase for those either just getting into the indie scene or those who are already fans of chart compilations.
One saving grace for this though does come in the form of the bonus disk, which includes a selection of new bands like Kubb, The Duke Spirit, The Paddingtons and Nine Black Alps, thus giving an insight into the future stars of the indie scene before Radio One over-do the air-play and turn us all against them eh?
Overall, this compilation displays some cracking tunes and celebrates all things indie in today's otherwise frog-riddled disturbingly bad charts and should be rejoiced for that fact alone. Whether we like it or not, the new indie wave is sweeping the nation and this CD is bound to get even more kids applying their eyeliner, pulling on a pair of drainpipe jeans and heading for your favourite indie club. Damn that bar queue, triple vodka anyone?