The Soul of Rock and Roll No modern emo sad sacks could hope to top the ecstatically morose lost-love laments of Roy Orbison. And no previous compilations can beat the heft… The Soul of Rock and Roll No modern emo sad sacks could hope to top the ecstatically morose lost-love laments of Roy Orbison. And no previous compilations can beat the heft… 2008-09-30 Roy Orbison Rock
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The Soul of Rock and Roll (2008)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Lead Performance: Roy Orbison; Genre: Rock

No modern emo sad sacks could hope to top the ecstatically morose lost-love laments of Roy Orbison. And no previous compilations can beat the heft of this four-decade, 107-track set The Soul of Rock and Roll. Every classic make-you-bawl ballad appears (''Crying,'' ''It's Over''), along with newly exhumed demo-recording downers like ''Defeated'' and ''I Give Up.'' The liner notes can turn mawkish, but the best of Orbison's deeply felt music never does. A

Originally posted Sep 30, 2008 Published in issue #1015 Oct 10, 2008 Order article reprints