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MTV2 Handpicked
     

MTV2 Handpicked

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Thank goodness for MTV2 -- the music channel's videos-only sister network came to the rescue of the many viewers who, oddly enough, thought Music Television should be about the music, not VJ contests, celebrity cribs, and self-absorbed teen reality dramas. So it makes sense that MTV2 Handpicked is not a collection for your Carson Daly-obsessed little sister -

Overview

Thank goodness for MTV2 -- the music channel's videos-only sister network came to the rescue of the many viewers who, oddly enough, thought Music Television should be about the music, not VJ contests, celebrity cribs, and self-absorbed teen reality dramas. So it makes sense that MTV2 Handpicked is not a collection for your Carson Daly-obsessed little sister -- it sounds more like a year-end wrap-up show from a modern rock radio station. The disc includes a few post-9/11 anthems, such as Ryan Adams’s perfect ode to the city, “New York, New York,” and Five for Fighting’s sweet, poignant tribute, “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” In fact, the collection is heavy on sensitive male crooning, with tracks from Travis (“Sing”), Coldplay (“Yellow”), Pete Yorn (“Life on a Chain”), and many others. A couple of heavy-riffing hard rockers from Stereomud and Lostprophets crank up the volume without sounding out of place. While Handpicked could definitely use a little more yin energy -- Mystic provides the only female appearance on the album with her soulful “The Life” -- this is a great 2001 summation aimed at music fans who think there’s more to life than TRL.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This various-artists album dedicated to rock performers and tied into MTV2's Handpicked special is enough to convince anyone concerned with the state of rock that there's nothing to worry about. The artists are at different points in their careers, with some well-established names, some that were recently established at the time that the album was released, some in the first flush of success, and some unknown. The big stars are Radiohead and Cake, with Coldplay and David Gray also joining the million-seller class, the Crystal Method and Five for Fighting nearly as successful, and Travis, Pete Yorn, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Ryan Adams, Stereomud, and the side project Tenacious D (featuring members of Foo Fighters and Phish) ranking as developing acts. There are familiar songs such as Five for Fighting's "Superman (It's Not Easy)" and Gray's "Babylon," but all the material is engaging, particularly Cake's "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" and Tenacious D's "Wonderboy." The dominant style is hard rock, though the Crystal Method takes an electronic dance approach and there is a mini-set of what are essentially folk-rock singer/songwriters (Gray, Adams, Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik) sequenced together in the middle of the disc. None of the unknown performers really stick out, except in a bad way -- Remy Zero's "Save Me" reveals a particularly slavish U2 wannabe. But there is enough variety and enough quality to suggest that there will be plenty of good hard rock for some time to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998628120
catalogNumber:
86281

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Radiohead   Track Performer
Warren Fitzgerald   Electric Guitar
David Gray   Track Performer
Dave Grohl   Guitar,Drums
Page McConnell   Keyboards
Travis   Track Performer
McConnell   Keyboards
Remy Zero   Track Performer
Five for Fighting   Track Performer
Crystal Method   Track Performer
John Ondrasik   Track Performer
Fidelity Allstars   Track Performer
Ryan Adams   Track Performer
Tenacious D   Track Performer
Coldplay   Track Performer
Dashboard Confessional   Track Performer
Ours   Track Performer
Stereomud   Track Performer
Lostprophets   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cake   Arranger,Producer
A+   Producer
Michael Barbiero   Vocal Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
Dave Navarro   Producer
Tim Palmer   Producer
Rick Parashar   Producer
Jack Joseph Puig   Producer
Andrew Slater   Producer
Andy Wallace   Remixing
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer
John McCrea   Composer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
John King   Producer
Jim De Barros   Art Direction,CD Layout
Crystal Method   Producer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Michael Simpson   Producer
Will Shapland   Engineer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Bernard Grubman   Engineer
Danny Sprigg   Producer,Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg   Producer
Polson   Producer
Kevin Mangini   Executive Producer
Chris Martin   Composer
Dickinson   Producer
Pete Yorn   Producer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
James Bray   Producer
McClune   Producer
Jimmy Gnecco   Producer
Dan Banditos   Art Direction,CD Layout
R. Walt Vincent   Producer
Matt Lavella   Engineer
James Paul Wisner   Producer,Engineer
Holly Schomann   Executive Producer
Fran Healy   Composer

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MTV2 Handpicked 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"MTV2 Handpicked" is a cd of 18 different rock songs. "Sing" by Travis, "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" by Cake, "Yellow" by Coldplay, and "Superman" (It's Not Easy) by Five For Fighting feat. John Ondrasik are some of the multiple appealing hits available in this collection. "MTV2 Handpicked" is a suitable collection for those who like collections with hints of alternative rock and indie rock.