Album: Various artists, Listen to Me Buddy Holly
Friday 14 October 2011
This is the second tribute album of cover versions commemorating the 75th anniversary of Buddy Holly's birth released in just a few months; and sad to say, it lacks even the mild potency of Rave On Buddy Holly.
A case in point: where that album had McCartney grunge-ing up "It's So Easy", this one has Ringo doing "Think It Over". The tone here is too overwhelmingly LA-lite, with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Linda Ronstadt and Jeff Lynne offering fairly anodyne versions of standards such as "Not Fade Away" and "That'll Be the Day". The best covers are those which either add some spark, such as Imelda May's "I'm Lookin' for Someone to Love", or bring an element of atmospheric stillness, as in Chris Isaak's "Crying Waiting Hoping" and Natalie Merchant's "Learning the Game".
DOWNLOAD THIS Learning the Game; I'm Lookin' for Someone to Love
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