Steven Mirkin
May 29, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Reprise Records
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B

One third of this 18-song set is drawn from the Athens, Ga., band’s first two albums: euphorically fresh music that got the punk crowd dancing and reveled in retro irony long before it hardened into a post-modern pose. The remainder of Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation is decidedly hit or miss; for every roof-rattling ”Love Shack” there’s a pretentious ”Mesopotamia.” The two new songs are fine, but it’s obvious that for the B-52’s the future ain’t what it used to be. B

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