NME In Association With War Child Presents 1 Love
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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 not been disappointed. In most cases, rather than just covering the song, attempts have been made to do something a little different.
In a few cases, the song has been somewhat "slimmed down" from the original. The Power of Love by Feeder is much less flamboyant than the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version - but it makes interesting listening. I would certainly disagree with Amazon's reviewer's interpretation of it being a "Disaster".
Nothing Compares to You with just Kelly Jones of Stereophonics and an acoustic guitar is definitely worth a listen, and Come on Eileen with Jules Holland on the piano is just plain superb.
If you enjoy cover versions, you'll find some great one's here, and if you don't - open your mind and give these a try. It's for a good cause, after all.
The track list is great through out. With songs you thought you hated such as the soppy 'back for good' being transformed, Mcalmont and Butler change it into an indie gem of a track.
The most positive feature of this album is that all the bands are able to stamp there own paticalur style and sound over there songs. Each band has brought somthing new to each song and avoided just going through the motions of covering a song. Even pop acts such as Darius and the Sugar Babes manage to prove they are able to use artistic liecence in creating there songs. Things that you thought would never work such as Kelly jones and the sterophonics doing 'nothing compares to you' turn out to be a brillant mix of great song writing and masterful performance.
The one real let down was the Oasis version of 'Merry Xmas everyone'. I made the mistake of sitting down and anticipaing the shout of 'its CHRISTMAS' in Liams usuall 'suttle' voice, yet it was an anticliamx to only get an acoustic Noel sang version. Still once you judged it on merit it was a well executed effort.
This album will be a talked about classic for yeasr to come. Yes we should all buy it because its a charity album, but this one is so good. A must buy.
Although there isn't a poor track here, i seriously recommend Stereophonics 'Nothing Compares 2 You'- his voice was good for Handbags, but it is awsome here. Oasis performing 'Merry Xmas Everybody' is a sheer novelty, whereas Badly Drawn Boy & Jools Hollands rendition of Come On Eileen just goes to show how good modern covers can be.
Great music supporting a great charity- it's a must to buy this album.
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.
but what I really need is new songs so f you can recommend any good Christmas music tweet me or email me email@example.com.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as I have all the other Warchild ones (good cause) and I'm a sucker for covers compilations. It's good, with quirky versions of things like Thunderclap Newman.Published on 3 Feb. 2014 by Mr. D. G. Medley
The Huey Lewis & the News mentioned by the reviewer above is a different song to the one by Frankie Goes To Hollywood (its also not the same song as the Jennifer Rush one). Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by Richard
A brilliant Cd with artists covering past Number 1's and some better than the originals. A brilliant mix of songs only let down by 3 pretty average songs. Read morePublished on 21 May 2004
I think I got this a Christmas present which wasn't listened to for months and managed to find it's way into my car CD changer through boredom. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2004 by BigDog
I bought this cd because i like to hear cover songs, and it had them done by my favourite groups such as the stereophonics, oasis and McAlmont and Butler. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2002 by Col T Parker
There are only a couple of ways a cover version can be a good thing. Either the song is transformed out of recognition by the covering artist, creating a new entity that isn't... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2002 by Damian