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1 Love, like its predecessor--1995's Help!--is an ambitious, admirable and artistically satisfying attempt to raise money for the War Child charity by having great bands cover great songs. Brian Eno--patron of War Child, producer and general bald-headed genius--and his team have raised the game this time by limiting the choice of songs to number one singles.
The choice of tracks is interesting in itself. Take, for instance, McAlmont and Butler's soulful approach to Take That's outstanding "Back for Good"--a song that had been blighted by both writer and performers. Dido (and Faithless) are the perfect interpreters of Beats International's "Dub Be Good to Me" (although tragically they omit the gibberish opening) and Jimmy Eat World transform Prodigy's "Firestarter" from the original claustrophobic car crash into something else entirely, simply by stripping it down to bass, drums and guitar.
The only real disasters are Elbow, catatonically murdering Thunderclap Newman's classic "Something in the Air" (their "Independent Woman" was so much better), Muse's "House of the Rising Sun", which sounds exactly as you'd expect, and Feeder covering Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love" rather than the Marty McFly adrenaline surge of the Huey Lewis and the News version. To their credit, they offer up a sublimely creepy vision, shimmering with emotion and based around an unobtrusive acoustic guitar. The record is essential, if nothing else, for Noel Gallagher's acoustic "Merry Christmas Everyone". --Ben Johncock
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I've been doing this for ten years, so I'm constantly on the lookout for cool new Christmas songs. This album has given me a couple of top indie xmas tunes for the playlists.
I've now compiled the playlists into a blog. To see the playlists from previous years check http://xmassongblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Or follow @xmassongblog to hear new the coolest alternative xmas songs when they are released.
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Obviously it helps if you know both the original tracks and the artists covering, but even if you don’t, what you have here is a collection of classic tracks recorded by accomplished artists (and Darius Danesh).
It is hard to pick out highlights, but for me, three stand out. A measure of the success of a cover version is different depending on who you are. If you are a part of a modern record company marketing pop-music, it seems that closest-to-original is best, but for me, the most interesting are those which provide the biggest artist-song contrast of genre and musical type. The three that follow do this with most exciting effect. Firstly, Muse’s superbly loud version of The Animal’s House Of The Rising Sun. It sounds like it should be a Muse track, and a very good Muse track at that, something that, traditionally, it certainly doesn’t sound like. The second of my highlights is Elbow playing Thunderclap Newman’s Something In The Air. I think, more than anything, what is intriguing is seeing such a boisterous track becoming so ‘Low-Fi’. It does, and the results, are… well… interesting. Finally, Jimmy Eat World’s Firestarter (The Prodigy) springs to mind. A classic dance track being given a tune and some soul by the Ska-Punk band.
There are contributions from Oasis, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preechers and Badly Drawn Boy, (among others,) and there’s something everyone will recognise.
All that, and for a good cause!
On one end of the scale the stereophonics version of the great “nothing compares 2 u” is just amazing, the rough edge on Kelly Jones voice adds a level of emotion I just wouldn’t have expected, at the other end Muse belt out a superb rendition of “house of the rising sun”.
In between there are some great performances from the Manic’s, Feeder and Faithless (feat Dido), but there are two little diamonds:
Badly Drawn Boy and Jools Holland with “Come on Eileen” which you just can’t help singing along to with a big smile on your face, plus come Christmas when everyone is expecting you roll out the usual tired favorites, stick on Oasis’s version of “merry christmas everybody”, I can just picture the scowl on noel’s face as he sings it…..
And the bad side, do yourself a favour and don’t listen to the last three tracks….you’ve been warned
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...