A fine slice of twentysomething alternative pop from the 1990s, the soundtrack to Reality Bites
presents the finest of the decade's mainstream alternative pop artists. Crowded House
, the Juliana Hatfield 3
, and U2
all shine with previously released tracks, Lenny Kravitz
turns in a solid new number, Dinosaur Jr.
hands in a strong B-side, and World Party
offers the sublime musical in-joke "When You Come Back to Me," where they rearrange David Bowie
's "Young Americans" for the '90s. On the lesser side, the re-recording of Squeeze
's "Tempted" is unnecessary, and the remix of "My Sharona" removes its kitschy charm.