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  • Summary: This is a compilation of Buddy Holly Songs sung by such artists as Fiona Apple, The Black Keys, Jon Brion, Julian Casablancas, Cee-Lo Green, Florence and the Machine, Kid Rock, Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Mojo
    Dec 12, 2011
    Perhaps not as many musical genres are represented as might have been but it's still a good reminder of just how many styles Holly's music crossed and influenced, if not invented. [Aug. 2011, p. 99]
  2. 91
    Tribute albums are usually mawkish, well-meaning bores. Not Rave On Buddy Holly: Nineteen acts interpret proto-rocker Holly's canon with vigorous invention.
  3. 80
    All the musicians on Rave On Buddy Holly run such a gamut that it's hard to dispute Buddy Holly's continuously far-reaching influence in music. At the same time, if these songs weren't on a covers album, it would be easy to mistake them for a Lou Reed original or an old Modest Mouse track.
  4. 70
    A few of the songs stick too closely to the originals, going to show that it's best to do something daft and unexpected rather than just trace the lines of greatness. You can't improve on perfection, but you can certainly play around with it.
  5. Jul 5, 2011
    Forget about considering the album as a whole and figure out which of the 19 translators here appeal to you. The originals will always be there waiting.
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    In another regard, Rave On Buddy Holly is quite different. Encouraged by producer Randall Poster, the 19 artists involved do not settle for mere replications of Buddy's hits, they play fast and loose, sometimes radically reinterpreting the original.
  7. Jul 12, 2011
    It just feels like empty tribute, lip service for someone who really does deserve something more: the dignity of being left alone.

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