Saturday, June 30, 2007
I'm an older music fan (50 this last birthday) and I still like
going to the cd store and buying stuff. I end up keeping most
of it but sometimes I just download what I like and trade the
cd at a local place that sells used music.
If you're interested in getting the new "Instant Karma
Save Darfur" collection I would recommend sampling the
songs on I-Tunes or whatever first. There are 23 cuts and
while some are great others just seem kinda lame. You
might want to go the download route on this one. Of
course, it's raising cash for a good cause so maybe
getting your money's worth is really besides the point.
I really like U2's version of "Instant Karma" and REM doing
"#9 Dream". Los Lonely Boys do a nice, loose take on "Whatever
Gets You Through the Night", Corinne Bailey Rae kills on a
live version of "I'm Losing You", The Flaming Lips bring
their own special sound to "(Just Like) Starting Over" and
Snow Patrol does a very strong version of "Isolation". And
Green Day's cover of "Working Class Hero" is excellent. I
heard it on the radio about a month ago and that's what
got me interested in this tribute cd.
I also thought it was very cool that Jakob Dylan and Dhani
Harrison collaborated on a powerful version of "Gimme Some
Truth". Nice to see the next generation joining the battle.
On the other end of the scale we have Avril Lavigne singing
"Imagine" which sounds all right but I guess I like my
philosophers a tad more world-weary. Youssou N'Dour mumbles
through "Jealous Guy" and do I really need to hear Big & Rich
do "Nobody Told Me"?
Note to Nashville country artists: you are not cool
enough to dabble in rock music. Wearing a headphone
microphone isn't enough to give you rockstar cred.