Opening with Bowie song Changes in a version by James Morrison that I feel the Main Man himself would approve, this album has enough variety to hold your attention through all 11 tracks. Changes is definitely one of my favourites, and probably the other real highlight for me is The Overtones' version of the Cee Lo Green hit Forget You - this really does for me what a cover version should do - that is to be distinctly different and at least as good or (as in this case in my opinion) better than the version we all know.
Not that other covers on this album are mere karaoke or sing by numbers knock offs. KT Tunstall's Don't You Forget About Me is KT Tunstall and absolutely not Simple Minds - another track you could get to love alongside the original. Heart Full of Soul, recorded by Graham Gouldman who wrote it for the Yardbirds in the mid 60s, probably a decade before his 10cc hit-making heyday is perhaps the cover closest in feel to its original, although there's no Jeff Beck and its sound is more contemporary. The Carole King penned song You've Got a Friend gets a gently soulful interpretation by James Jay Picton, and Ed Harcourt's Be not So Fearful is very emotive.
Its hard to find a track to dislike, and its fair to say it sounds as if the artists involved in this project were all very much into the tracks they recorded. Add the fact that this album is raising money for a service run by volunteers and open to anyone, any-time, whatever problems they're going through and it becomes an irresistible purchase. Samaritans say they give emotional support - this album gives you an emotional tonic!