This third collection of Sounds Eclectic, comprised mainly of live, in-studio performances from NPR radio station KCRW, is perhaps the most commercial of the franchise. Shunning classical and country music this time around, the focus is on the bigger names in alternative rock including The Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, The Polyphonic Spree and Radiohead (can’t find enough of that on regular radio or in every TV drama, can you?)

The CD opens softly and slowly with The Polyphonic Spree’s "It’s the Sun" and segues nicely into the Lips’ "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The album stays with softer songs including Damien Rice’s "The Blower’s Daughter" and the beautiful "Flying High" by Jem before kicking into louder, harder songs from Paul Weller, Kinky and Franz Ferdinand’s "Take Me Out" before settling quietly back with Sarah McLachlan’s "Answer."

While the 13 songs serve as a great sampler for the uninitiated, those already well-stocked with these groups might want to check this out simply for Iron & Wine’s rare cover of The Flaming Lips’ classic "Waitin’ For a Superman."

Grade: B+

KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3 is currently available.