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  X 2003: Experience The Alternative 
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Length: 34 tracks/1:56:34 minutes (two discs)

With the extreme lack of non-AC artists at the Dove Awards this year and the very few rock artists on compilation series such as Wow Hits, rock/alternative music fans are feeling rather disappointed and left out. Well, Tooth & Nail records have thankfully answered their cry with the release of X 2003: Experience The Alternative.

X 2003 showcases 34 tracks (including the four bonus tracks that aren’t even listed on the back of the case) from 34 different rock/alternative artists, giving you almost two hours of solid from the genre. Artists on this album include tobyMac, Newsboys, Pillar, Supertones, Relient K, Bleach, Superchic[k], Thousand Foot Krutch and more. Consider it to be the Wow Hits of alternative music (hence the “Experience The Alternative” title).

One thing that will catch the attention of fans, however, is the fact that Thousand Foot Krutch’s track on X 2003 isn’t from their album that was released years ago. Instead we receive “Bounce,” a brand new explosive track that has never been released on a CD prior to this one. And it does not disappoint as, if you want my personal opinion, it became one of my favorite songs from the group right away.

So rock/alternative fans rejoice, your time has come! Sure, there might have been a couple of songs I would have used from a few of the different artists, but overall X 2003 is a very solid rock compilation album. If the new Thousand Foot Krutch song isn’t enough to make you consider checking it out, the other solid artists should do it.

Josh McConnell 04/30/03


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