Magazine article Metro Magazine

Hating Alison Ashley

Magazine article Metro Magazine

Hating Alison Ashley

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VARIOUS ARTISTS, FESTIVAL MUSHROOM RECORDS 2005. BOUGHT FOR $20.82 @ KMART, BROADWAY, SYDNEY.

The soundtrack to Hating Alison Ashley (Geoff Bennett, 2005) confuses me, but as I was born some years before 1990 maybe that's the point. It's not that I didn't enjoy watching this innocently pleasant movie, or that I have trouble relating to 'modern' music; is, I suspect, that the target market for both film and album not 30-year-old men.

In accepting this, let's look at the two major factors working against my appreciation of the release. Firstly, I have never really understood the appeal compilation albums that string songs of little stylistic similarity together on the basis sales success. Having said that, the songs represented this soundtrack, for the most part, haven't been chart toppers and are obviously lumped together through their inclusion in the film. In spite of this, my second point questions the outcomes for those trying to use the album a vehicle to create hits. Leaving their mark on seven the fourteen tracks, Barry Palmer and duo Cezary and Jon Skubiszewski played key role in developing original songs for the film, but, put bluntly, their seven tracks seem to embody the unfortunate disposability of the music, darting around the pop spectrum.

Others might think this judgment a touch harsh, and I can understand their reasoning. Just because don't see the merits of something like So Fresh Spring 2005 (Universal Music Australia), this doesn't stop it from topping the Aria Compilation Charts with double platinum sales exceeding 140,000 copies. And, should I take stock, I would realize that when I was fifteen I certainly consumed any number of genres and styles in pursuit of my preferred' artists. Running with this notion, I am even willing to suggest that my own, highly developed, music snobbery is partly a result of exposure to these albums at a younger age. …

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