Of the new material, Peter Gabriel's "In the Sun" is by far the most impressive, a version of a Joseph Arthur song marked by Gabriel's usual taste and sensitivity. The rest are not quite so rewarding: Bryan Ferry's orchestral version of Shakespeare's "Sonnet No 18" is a nice idea that doesn't quite come off; Sinead O'Connor's version of the hymn "Make me a Channel of your Peace" doesn't stint on the piety; Rod Stewart's "Love Minus Zero - No Limit" marks a new low in Dylan covers; and (the biggest shock of the entire album) Aretha Franklin's "I'll Fly Away" is a bout of ghastly caterwauling quite at odds with her title of Queen of Soul. What was she thinking of?
Compared to War Child's Bosnian benefit album Help!, this seems a lazy and complacent exercise designed primarily to milk the emotionally indulgent. Where War Child required all its participants to record something new on the same day - to do something - Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute is stuffed with donations of old hits long past their sell-by date. (Prospective purchasers are not apprised of this anywhere on the external packaging, which lists only the artists involved, not the songs.)Reuse content