If You're Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison for Sweet Relief Image
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  • Summary: The tribute to the late jazz/blues artist features 15 covers that include his daughter Amy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Anything Mose!, Jackson Browne, Peter Case, Elvis Costello, Robbie Fulks, Ben Harper, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson,The tribute to the late jazz/blues artist features 15 covers that include his daughter Amy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Anything Mose!, Jackson Browne, Peter Case, Elvis Costello, Robbie Fulks, Ben Harper, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, The Tippo All Stars, and Loudon Wainwright III.

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  1. Dec 10, 2019
    100
    There’s rich pleasure everywhere you look: Peter Case’s heartfelt delivery of I Don’t Worry About A Thing, a spectral The Way Of The World by Anything Mose! and Taj Mahal’s nimble, forceful version of the sardonic opener, Your Mind Is On Vacation. The latter offers a thrilling pointer about how high we are going to fly, and includes Bonnie Raitt’s stunning version of Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy, where her passionate take skilfully unfurls the raging force underpinning the song. Elsewhere, there are blasts of controlled power such as Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite’s fiery take on Nightclub.
  2. Dec 10, 2019
    80
    As is the case with almost all tribute albums, not every track is consistently great but this one is leaps and bounds better than most.
  3. Mojo
    Dec 10, 2019
    80
    As in life, variety spices this highly entertaining tribute compilation. One for the stocking and beyond. [Jan 2020, p.86
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 10, 2019
    80
    When a collection of contrasting voices tackle [Mose Allison's] songs for charity here, it's that character of songwriting which shines through a diverse range of new styles laid upon it. [Jan 2020, p.86]
  5. Dec 10, 2019
    70
    While some of the musicians play with the frameworks of Allison's music -- most notably Robbie Fulks' fractured reading of "My Brain" and the electro-processed New Orleans vibe of Iggy Pop's "If You're Going to the City" -- most are content to find a middle ground between their own signature approach and Allison's laid-back but emphatic groove.
  6. Uncut
    Dec 10, 2019
    70
    Some of them meet him in his world, while others drag him into theirs. ... A third way to approach these songs: Fiona Apple and Robbie Fulks manage to pretend that their world is Mose's. [Jan 2020, p.24]