This review is from: NME In Association With War Child Presents 1 Love (Audio CD)
The only reason this gets 4/5 is because some tracks are plain PAINFUL (Back For Good, McAlmont & Butler- the pain...) and even more so if you liked the original (not a Take That fan myself, but even i know they murdered it...).
In the main, the album stands firm as a solid album of great bands covering some great previous number ones. Some are surprising (Jimmy Eat World's cover of Firestarter is thought provoking, if nothing else), some highly original (Muse's take on House of the Rising Sun is very Muse, but not anything like the original), and some just plain good (Feeder's cover of Frankie goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love is quite haunting, given the charitable cause and loss of their drummer).
And the reasoning behind the album is fantastic too. It's the 50th anniversary of both NME and the first Number One- what better way to celebrate than get some of the great musicians of today to cover their own favourite number ones? Plus, the album raises money for Warchild- a great charity that aids the children of war-torn countries.
This album appeals to all music fans (as it ranges from Sugababes to the Prodigy to the Manic Street Preachers), celebrates a landmark in time (50 years of number ones is approximately 2600 of them in total... scary huh?) and even raises money for charity in doing so. What more do you want? An exclusive track? Oh wait, they all are...