Listen to Me: Buddy Holly

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  • Summary: The tribute album produced by Peter Asher features Jackson Browne, Monty Python's Eric Idle, Lyle Lovett, Imelda May, Linda Ronstadt, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, and Brian Wilson singing some of Buddy Holly's hit songs.
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  • Record Label: Verve Forecast
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Easy Listening, Soft Rock, Tribute Albums
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 6, 2011
    While not quite as good as Rave On, Listen has playful contributions. [9/16 Sep 2011, p.137]
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    Some of the artists took different approaches with varying degrees of success.
  3. Oct 5, 2011
    [It] has a slightly oddball lineup (Natalie Merchant, the Fray). But most of the contributors succeed by honoring Holly's no-frills greatness with chiming pop rock (Jeff Lynne's "Words of Love"), torchy twanginess (Chris Isaak's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping") and, um, emo (Patrick Stump's urgent "Everyday").
  4. Oct 5, 2011
    This set is a pleasant listen, but the fact remains that the best versions of Holly songs are by Buddy Holly, and no album of covers, no matter how well done or well intentioned, can eclipse them.
  5. 60
    Everyone acquits themselves admirably with highlights being Chris Isaak's sumptuous "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" and Imelda May's rocking "I'm Looking for Someone to Love." However a closing trash-up by Monty Python's Eric Idle is painfully unfunny and borderline disrespectful to a still influential artist who deserves all the accolades he receives.