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Ken Tucker
June 22, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rave On Buddy Holly

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
music label
4625
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

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-

Download These:
Florence’s riotous Not Fade Away
She & Him’s winsome Oh Boy!

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