Off the Wall -- Ten Years of Wall of Sound (2003) Even staunch techno haters will have trouble resisting the ebullient charms of this comp from Wall of Sound. Commemorating the British electronic label's 10th anniversary,… 2003-09-23 Various Artists
Music Review

Off the Wall -- Ten Years of Wall of Sound (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Even staunch techno haters will have trouble resisting the ebullient charms of this comp from Wall of Sound. Commemorating the British electronic label's 10th anniversary, the two-disc set is crammed with memorable hooks and neck-snapping grooves, from the opening keyboard tickles of Royksopp's ''Eple'' through the closer of disc 1, a trip-hop rendition of ''Sweet Child of Mine'' by Akasha with Neneh Cherry. Disc 2 is an uninspired, though solid, house-music mix from Wall's back catalog, so stick to the first CD, on which a decade of U.K. dance-music trends (big beat, retro electro, Afro-house) collide in a messy pileup of unabashed hedonism.

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints