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Occupy This Album

Occupy This AlbumLike the movement it's supporting, Occupy This Album is massive (99 songs over four discs), eclectic (original hippies Joan Baez and...Occupy This AlbumRockLike the movement it's supporting, Occupy This Album is massive (99 songs over four discs), eclectic (original hippies Joan Baez and...2012-05-11
SPIRITED MUSIC David Crosby is in the company of Mogwai, Joan Baez, and an eclectic array of artists on this tribute album

SPIRITED MUSIC David Crosby is in the company of Mogwai, Joan Baez, and an eclectic array of artists on this tribute album (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images)

B+

Occupy This Album

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Music Label: Music For Occupy

Like the movement it’s supporting, Occupy This Album is massive (99 songs over four discs), eclectic (original hippies Joan Baez and David Crosby sit cross-legged next to noise-mongering weirdos Mogwai and UNKLE), and occasionally hamstrung by the need to get the message across (Richard Barone’s sweet sing-along is torpedoed by its awkward title, ”Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?”). Even when the songs scowl too much, the spirit of the compilation feels more positive than negative — the best that can be asked of any grassroots revolution. B+

Best Tracks:
Deborah Harry’s glitchy Safety in Numbers
Ace Reporter’s propulsive The World Is on Fire

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