Various Another Year On The Streets, Vol. 3

Further proof that the current Vagrant Records line-up is an even mix between the derivative, the trailblazing, and once-mighty, this compilation of new and unreleased material is a suitably mixed bag. Tracks by Down To Earth Approach and Seconds To Go offer little in the way of originality, while a new track by Dashboard Confessional proves just how far Chris Carrabba has fallen into the realm of garbage pop songs. A Psychedelic Furs cover by the Alkaline Trio is an enjoyable listen, as is the first new track from Moneen since Are We Really Happy, "Pleasantly Saying The Most Terrible Things.” Paul Westerberg’s "As Far As I Know,” taken from his upcoming record, is not surprisingly great, as are unreleased tracks from Hey Mercedes and the Get Up Kids. The Another Year On The Screen, Vol. 2 DVD that accompanies this CD features a year of Vagrant music videos, some of which are truly fantastic. Still, your best bet is to download the songs you want, and leave the rest on the shelf. (Vagrant)