Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
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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.
Great songs and good cause.
Great album and songs by John Lennon. Buy this album by the great John Lennon. It has great covers and supports a great cause.
Great Album + Cause
All of the songs on this album are top-notch. It's cool how the biggest music groups today will donate so much of their time to produce a song to put on a record that they don't even see proceeds of. Darfur definatley needs help, however I wonder why people see Darfur as worse than the genocide in Rwanda. Anyway, I think all of these songs are very impressive, particularily Working Class Hero (Green Day), Instant Karma (U2), Isolation (Snow Patrol), and #9 Dream (R.E.M.)
People need to chill out.
Ok for these people who are claiming that they love John Lennon like he is their father just relax you morons! This music isn't about John Lennon, it's about stopping GENOCIDE! What is wrong with you people?! 400,000 people are dead, and counting and the thing you care most about is what Avril Lavigne did? I'm not saying it was a good cover, Jack Johnson's is way better. But seriously come on you IDIOTS! These are people in a place half of you probably couldn't find on a map, they are getting killed and forced to move out of their land. Buy the CD to stop this, and feel like you're making a difference. Don't buy the CD and claim about how we're "spitting on Lennon's grave with this." NO, what we're actually doing is something to help these people. Now shut up about these terrible covers, and start learning more about what is going on in Darfur.