I LOVE THIS from start to finish - really enjoyed listening the last few days.
At a glance I was familiar with about half of the artists but not necessarily the tracks which is great - lots of new artists to me and some familiar faces. Kicks off with a version of 'Born in the USA' which I haven't heard before which is definitely darker than the usual version bandied about, suiting the theme and setting the scene. One of my favourite new discoveries followed with Rainer, a sort of bluesy/country instrumental with a pissed-Bob-Dylan-esque vocal, in the best way. Definitely going to check this artist out some more.
Tried a few Tycho releases previously but never really got along with them but this worked really well in the tracklisting after a really enjoyable Calexico track (not heard of these before either). 'Million Dollar Loan' is a real earworm and a lovely track, followed by a live Portishead track coming from one of my favourite albums of all time - the live version was a nice change from the studio recording.
I've heard the Ivor Cutler version of 'Women of the World' but not this one. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the song to be honest but fits with the theme really well - just grates a little with me, but that's just my opinion. Really love the interludes and soundbites over the instrumental bits (were these yours?) and it was welcome to hear some Mark Kozelek work I've not heard. Huge fan but not checked out the album he did with Jimmy Lavalle, so thanks for poking me on that.
Never going to complain when Nena is thrown in the mix (I have a penchant for the German version so it was nice to remember what the lyrics were in English!), and 'Atomic Bomb' really gets stuck in the head! Great track (RIP). Talking Heads I've never really plundered their discography despite liking what I've heard but this was new to me and enjoyable. Any hint of optimisim which was building was given a swift kick in the plums with an excerpt from 'The Road' (love the book/film/soundtrack) and backed up by another trio of enjoyable tracks which were all new to me. I was willing the mix to nail the landing and boy did it, with the Tom Waits track - a dark bedtime story delivered with a wry smile from an old friend. Great idea to end on that!
Couldn't have asked for more, will listen again for sure. Great selections and pacing - can tell you've put lots of effort in and all tracks have appealed to my tastes, with a couple of new rabbit holes to throw myself down. Thanks a lot for this.