Music Reviews

Amnesty International -wt Music for Human Rights -wl Asterisk -wf This compilation of previously issued tracks is available free to anyone who joins the venerable human rights organization. It features a who’s who of adventurous, talented artists. -wm David Gray offers one of the better tunes from the underwhelming A New Day At Midnight. Radiohead contributes the Hail to the Thief track “Sail to the Moon.” -wm A couple of tunes, despite not being penned exclusively for the compilation, comment on the world events with which Amnesty International deals. “Look at earth from outer space / Everyone must find a place,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin sings on “Politik.” And Beth Orton’s “God Song” offers, “My House was built for loving / Not a theatre of war.” -wm But apolitical, inventive pop songs are more the order of the day here, with contributions from Aimee Mann, Ryan Adams and Badly Drawn Boy. Keeping the compilation from being a lily-white affair is the world beat infused hip hop groove of 1 Giant Leap’s “Braided Hair.” -wm Unfortunately, the concluding track nearly mars what is a listenable, though superfluous, collection. It’s a song called “Lean On Me” by Revboy, who, according to a press release, is a collective of musicians who have chosen to remain anonymous “for politically sensitive reasons.” Of course, it could just be because they suck. -wd Music for Human Rights: http://www.musicforhumanrights.com/ -wb Sean Slone


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