Review - Shanti Project Collection

Artist: Various artists


After conversations with Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters about releasing some of the rare or demo versions of their songs, Badman's Dylan Magierek came up with an even better idea. What about releasing 12 new, rare or favorite tracks from Red House Painters, Low, Hayden, Misc and Idaho, and then donating some of the sales to the Shanti Project of San Francisco? (The Shanti Project is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS.) The artists were more than happy to contribute to this incredibly captivating "Shanti Project Collection."

Misc's "Compression" is a regulated, driving instrumental. Red House Painters do an interesting interpretation of Neil Young's "Midnight on the Bay" (but I'm not convinced). Skip through the aching drama of "Choking" and "Wasting My Days Away," two just-written Hayden songs.

Capturing the true spirit of this collection is the summery wind-in-your-hair "The Sun Is All There Is" by Idaho. These are soul-warming rare and unreleased songs by some of the best indie bands of the '90s.


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