The mere concept of releasing demo recordings is a bit baffling. They're "demos" for a reason, usually to save ideas or play for bandmates. They're certainly not meant for public consumption, unless you're an artist who thinks everything you shit out is gold. For die-hards, an official demo CD offers some insight into their favorite artists. They can hear how songs evolve and perhaps hear a few unreleased tunes. So it's a nice gesture, but it's a bit of a cheat: "Here's my new album (of crappy tapes I never wanted to put out in the first place)!"
PJ Harvey put out the only "demo" album I've ever truly loved, 4-Track Demos.
But the sound quality, for the most part, is often too much of a mess to sit through. What's next? Boom-box recordings from Weezer's first rehearsal? Weezer fans will love to hear these seedlings, but for the rest of you (especially those with sensitive ears), save your dough and buy Pinkerton. Grade: C