It's a Misery Business Various Artists

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am

If you're tired of the soppy love songs that dominate the music industry - sick, in fact, of anything love-related - and are looking for some highly emotional, ear-splitting tunes to scream along to, then It's a Misery Business is tailor-made for you.

With the unambiguous tagline, 'Anti-Love Songs for the Anti-Valentine', these 19 tracks include some of the best and most significant rock/punk/emo songs of recent years. Highlights include Paramour's Misery Business and Amanda Palmer's closer, Leeds United. The only two female voices on the disc are polar opposites: the former is explosive and echoing while the latter is hoarse and wounded, but they are equally captivating.

Simple Plan's Your Love is a Lie, Elliot Minor's Jessica, and Kids in Glass Houses' Girl are three radio-friendly, instantly lovable numbers you'll want on repeat.

Other hot, if overplayed, tracks featured are Panic at the Disco's I Write Sins not Tragedies, Biffy Clyro's Mountains and Cute Is What We Aim For's Loser.

You may know them by heart, but familiarity can be a good thing on a compilation disc. Despite a few misses, this collection is a good introduction for anyone who wants to try punk and emo - perfect anger-venting music.