Tribute albums are usually mawkish, well-meaning bores. Not Rave On Buddy Holly: Nineteen acts interpret proto-rocker Holly’s canon with vigorous invention. Lou Reed turns ”Peggy Sue” into a predatory pursuit; Florence + the Machine crash and clang, making the title of ”Not Fade Away” literal; Paul McCartney howls ”It’s So Easy” like an amped-up bluesman. And Holly’s beautiful songs retain their gleam in gentler versions from She & Him, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys. A-
MY BUDDY Nineteen modern bands re-envision Holly's classics (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Music Label: Fantasy
Posted June 22 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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