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  • Summary: The charity CD features artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney, each of whom picked one of their classic songs to be sung by such musicians as TV on the Radio, Elbow, Beck, Lily Allen, and Franz Ferdinand.
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  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. 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.'
  3. Under The Radar
    The results here are altogether satisfying and occaasionally inspired. [Spring 2009, p.74]
  4. All told, the success ratio is high, and even the odd misfire has its heart demonstrably in the right place.
  5. 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.
  6. There are, almost out of obligation, some unimaginative pairings....Other pairings are much less obvious and either more satisfying or more puzzling.
  7. Overall, the impression is of an assembly-line product manufactured on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon.

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