Rave On Buddy Holly 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… Rave On Buddy Holly 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… 2011-06-28 Various Artists Rock Fantasy
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Rave On Buddy Holly (2011)

Buddy Holly | MY BUDDY Nineteen modern bands re-envision Holly's classics
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MY BUDDY Nineteen modern bands re-envision Holly's classics
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 28, 2011; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Rock; Production: Fantasy

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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Originally posted Jun 22, 2011 Published in issue #1161 Jul 01, 2011 Order article reprints
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