Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
To bring attention to the human rights abuses taking place in Darfur, Sudan and to raise money for the cause, Amnesty International presents this collection of John Lennon compositions performed by today’s (2007) recording artists. Lennon was a strong artistic presence who stamped his music with strong personal sentiments; taking on his idiosyncratic vision offers artists interesting choices. U2 streamline the choppy, anarchic rhythms of “Instant Karma.” R.E.M. stick to the ethereal vibe of “#9 Dream.” Christina Aguilera takes real chances with an aggressive take on Lennon’s extremely personal and self-pitying “Mother.” Jack Johnson’s acoustic finger-picked “Imagine” invigorates Lennon’s most well-known chestnut. The Flaming Lips trip out “(Just Like) Starting Over.” Best, Regina Spektor isolates the gorgeous melody lining “Real Love” to chilling effect. Aerosmith featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars do what they can with the sloganeering of “Give Peace a Chance.” Los Lonely Boys turn “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” into one of their own. Jackson Browne sounds at home with the acoustic ballad “Oh My Love.” Overall, this is far more entertaining than most tribute / cover albums.
Support Amnesty International!
This is an amazing album...because of the songs, but mostly because of the wonderful cause. Please support Amnesty International and buy the album!
Worthwhile cause, mostly worthwhile music
Given the cause, this purchase is a no-brainer. Most of us should be able to spare $12 for Darfur, even if we didn't get an album in return. As a musical experience, it's a lot of fun revisiting these tunes in the company of a diverse bunch of contemporary artists. Only two of the tracks are out-and-out stinkers. Sorry, Avril, I have nothing against you personally, but your version of "Imagine" is a travesty. Inarticulate phrasing plus an annoying, repetitive "Wuh-ohhh" vocal tick make this track insufferable. I don't know the Flaming Lips, and after hearing their off-key rendition of "(Just Like) Starting Over" I don't feel like I'm missing much. If their version is supposed to be funny, I guess I wasn't hip enough to get the joke. That said, many of the tracks are great fun, and a few -- yes, even Christina Aguilera -- are surprisingly impassioned and respectful. Buy the collection, listen to if a few times, and either delete or "uncheck" the tracks you can't stand. After that, dust off your copies of the original versions.
If John could see it now
This is an excellent album. The music is familiar, but different enough for a worthwhile addition to any music library.While it is sad that we still have to fundraise to help change our world into a better place, spending your money and getting something this good makes for a bit of a win win. Help out and reward yourselves. PS it is music guys can get into without driving the girls crazy.