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Guilt By Association (Bonus Track Version)

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The concept here is for indie-rock artists to cover their guilty pleasures, pop songs that are unashamedly pop and performed by mainstream musical acts often critically ridiculed. Technically, Blue Oyster Cult and Oasis, both critically acclaimed groups, don’t belong here. However, former-Minutemen Mike Watt’s solid take on “Burnin’ For You” forgives this indiscretion, while Devendra Banhart might have done well to pick something other than Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” a tune he loses in his quirkiness. Petra Haden does an ear-raising acapella rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Former Miracle Legion singer Mark Mulcahy keeps the hooks intact for Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On.” Bonnie “Prince” Billy uses cheap, machine-like drumbeats and ancient synthesizers to bring Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Take That Away” to life. The usually somnambulant Luna turn up the attack for a rock flavored rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.” Jim O’Rourke can’t quite replicate the smooth grooves of the Spice Girls’ “Viva Forever,” however, much like all the covers here, he makes you rethink about songs that otherwise might have gone overlooked.

Customer Reviews

Finally! We're all a bit guilty aren't we?

This is fantastic! I've been waiting for an album like this to come along and validate all of my silly guilty pleasures. Petra Hayden does an AMAZING acapella rendition of "Don't Stop Believing" (don't even pretend you don't love that song) ... my personal favorite though is The Concretes cover of Take That (yes, Robbie Williams' old group) song "Back For Good"... I knew that song was always an indie rock tune at heart. There's really something for everyone on this album... it's a ton of fun and full of great performances.

Must Have INDIE ROCK album

Every artist pulls his weight on this compilation, from Luna's smoothly climbing rhythm to Goat's tumbling and reflective pace and cadence. Peta Haden's addicting acapella continues to Devendra Banhart's beautiful rendition of Oasis. A must download for any of these artists' fans.

Pretty good.

Indie rock isn't my favorite genre, but I noticed "Don't Stop Believin'" in my Genius sidebar on iTunes and had to check it out. While I do prefer the original recordings of these songs, the covers really aren't bad. I especially like Porter Block's "Breaking Free". If you like indie and have often thought, "This would be a great song if it was sung by someone else" when listening to pop, you will love this album. Try it on for size.

Guilt By Association (Bonus Track Version)
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 04, 2007

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