Rave on!

June 28, 2011 by Zack Harold
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Head to your friendly neighborhood record store — it’s release day for “Rave On Buddy Holly.”

This disc is a tribute album to the late great Texas rock ‘n’ roller, packed with great covers from unlikely coverers. Florence and the Machine perform “Not Fade Away,” The Black Keys do “Dearest,” She & Him croon “Oh Boy.”

It’s infectious. The artists make ’50s rock sound fresh and new but still preserve Holly’s legacy. I’m including some YouTube videos of songs from the album so you can see what I mean.

First up is Cee Lo Green’s cover of “You’re So Square (I Don’t Care).” You will sing it all day.

Next is the Black Keys with “Dearest.”

Last, Florence and the Machine (a group I usually HATE) doing “Not Fade Away.”

If you’re going to buy one new album for summer barbecues, get this one. I have a feeling it won’t get much better.


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One Response to “Rave on!”

  1. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    The best tribute album I ever snagged was “Johnny’s Blues,” which had a bunch of blues guys doing Johnny Cash songs: http://www.amazon.com/Johnnys-Blues-Tribute-Johnny-Cash/dp/B0000A0WJ7

    It was admittedly uneven, though. I liked Rock Island Line by Chris Thomas King and Redemption by Corey Harris.

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