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The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver Tracklist:
I originally downloaded this album because i saw that Brett Dennen had a song on it. I'm a big fan of him and i then saw that there were many other bands that did covers on here that were also on my radar. So i had to buy it. Some of my favorite bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Josh Ritter, Blind Pilot, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and Train were attractions that i just could not ignore. The reality was surprising. There was a mix of good and bad songs. And the odd thing, it was NOT based necessarily on my liking of the artist/band. Some songs worked and some didn't. Some, it seemed, didn't work because the artist botched it and some didn't work because i just didn't like the song they were stuck with. A good example is the Train song. I'm a huge fan of Train and I really liked Monahan's vocal on the track, but i just didn't like the song itself. In general though, the artists that i had never heard of were more likely to have songs that I didn't like. And some were just plain awful. A particularly disappointing song was the version of Leaving on Jet Plane. It is, by far, inferior to the best version by Chantal Kreviazuk. Another version that was inferior was Take Me Home. You can't compete with Toots and The Maytals, but this version was at least good enough to keep unlike Jet Plane. As far as the source material is concerned, I genuinely like John Denver songs in principle. I love his lyrics and imagery. He had a very unique way of seeing the world. I'm just not the biggest fan of his singing. As a singer/songwriter, his particular talent, for me, laid much more in his "songwriter" abilites and less in his "singer" chops. His own version of the songs are almost universally boring. The stats are fairly weak, but decent enough for a compilation album. There's one 4 star song in Dennen's "Annie's Song." So Brett ended up having the best song on the album afterall. There's also four decent 3 star songs on here. They are: Back Home Again by Old Crow, Some Days are Diamonds by Amos Lee, Take Me Home by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris, and Darcy Farrow by Josh RItter. As noted, favorite artists like Edward Sharpe, Blind Pilot and Train just didn't make the cut as keepers. But with Josh Ritter and Old Crow my reaction was "of course they hit it out of the park." The rest were all throwaways.