War Child Presents Heroes


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Beck bounces through Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" with blazing distortion, while Peaches strips the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" down to sexy bass and krautrock beats.
  2. Under The Radar
    The results here are altogether satisfying and occaasionally inspired. [Spring 2009, p.74]
  3. Uncut
    The many highlights on this big name covers album include Lily Allen--sounding like Kate Nash impersonating Lily Allen--locating the wobbly charm in Joe Strummer's 'Straight To Hell,' Elbow's adding a shabby grandeur to U2's 'Running To Stand Still,' and Rufus Wainwright bringing his heavenly voice to Brian Wilson's 'Wonderful.'
  4. Unfortunately, many of said giants' choices are so clearly acolytes of the originals that Heroes often comes off like well-produced karaoke.
  5. Most of the 16 tracks on Heroes don't disappoint, but there are a few that should've stayed on the drawing board.
  6. Heroes rarely proves unpleasant. And it’s for a good cause. Just check out that subtitle again.
  7. The results are pleasant, and often little more.
  8. Like all covers albums, the temptation to dig out the originals is not far away, but there’s enough electricity pulsing around these versions to not only justify a charitable contribution but also make it a worthy addition to your record collection.
  9. There are, almost out of obligation, some unimaginative pairings....Other pairings are much less obvious and either more satisfying or more puzzling.
  10. All told, the success ratio is high, and even the odd misfire has its heart demonstrably in the right place.
  11. The results are, predictably enough, a mixture of the great, the average and the bloody awful.
  12. Though it still has yet to serve up a full offering of duff tracks, its reputation remains intact. This collection of covers largely matches, if not betters, the original versions.
  13. Mojo
    Although Duffy sounds like a pissed Year 9 teacher on 'Live And Let Die' and The Hold Steady confirm suspicions that their greatest strength is being an E Street Band covers act on Bruce Springsteen's 'Atlantic City,' Hot Chip, Peaches, TV On The Radio and Elbow all go that extra mile to create something new, unique and often quite wonderful. [Apr 2009, p.101]
  14. As the album ends with disco floor fillers by The Ramones and Blondie by way of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Franz Ferdinand respectively, you know you have had a fun if not entirely unforgettable experience.
  15. Overall, the impression is of an assembly-line product manufactured on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon.

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