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War Child Presents Heroes, Vol. 1

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22/4/2009

Review

War Child Presents Heroes isn't a typical benefit album. Compilations filled with covers are nothing new, of course, but in this case, marquee artists were asked to handpick younger artists to cover them, in addition to choosing the songs to be covered. Some of the match-ups -- the Hold Steady on Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City," the Kooks on the Kinks' "Victoria" -- are too natural to produce anything but easily predictable and faithful results. In several other cases, the contributors could have just as easily made the cover choices on their own -- Franz Ferdinand doing Blondie's "Call Me" is no stretch; ditto Peaches' taking on Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" -- so it's not as if there are any truly off-the-wall pairings. The highlights tend to come from those who sound as if they're truly having fun, most evident on Beck's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan), which packs an irresistible, fuzzy punch. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat Beck 3:1
  3. 2 Victoria The Kooks 3:20
  4. 3 Atlantic City The Hold Steady 4:32
  5. 4 Transmission Hot Chip 4:56
  6. 5 Straight to Hell 5:20
  7. 6 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2:33
  8. 7 Call Me Franz Ferdinand 3:22
  9. 8 Live And Let Die Duffy 2:52
  10. 9 Superstition Estelle 3:29
  11. 10 Wonderful/Song For Children Rufus Wainwright 4:29
  12. 10 Medley From Smile Rufus Wainwright 4:27
  13. 11 Do The Strand Scissor Sisters 4:13
  14. 12 Search And Destroy Peaches 3:43
  15. 13 Take This Waltz [Tomar Este Waltz] Adam Cohen 4:45
  16. 14 Running To Stand Still Elbow 5:12
  17. 15 You Belong To Me The Like 1:59
  18. 16 Heroes TV On The Radio 5:36

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