V/A .2 Contamination
By Theo DeRoth
These can be very
dodgy. Too often, theres maybe two good tracks on them and the rest are
just lousy. And the original artist is so much better that anything anyone does
to his or her music, the result just seems lame. What to do, then, with this
Listen to it!
In all honesty, this has to be one of the best tribute
albums Ive had the pleasure of hearing. Many of the covers on this album
give really interesting spins on Bowies songs; some, in my opinion,
almost surpassing the originals. The Dresden Dolls, for example, do a
predictably great job in stripping Life on Mars down to its bare bones
while preserving the best points of the original. The Metrosexuals do a
wonderfully dark version of Andy Warhol and, as one would expect,
Voltaires cover of China Girl is a handsome re-arrangement of
There are some lesser-known gems on the collection, however.
Starlits Modern Love is one of the sexiest songs Ive ever
heard anywhere, blending jazzy torch stylings with an industrial smash.
Abbeyvains Quicksand is angry and gorgeous. Mr. Russias
Boys Keep Swinging is pretty good, too, and Ahab Rexs version of
The Hearts Filthy Lesson is laid back but classic. The Haitian
Hate Gods cover of Little Wonder is a pleasant surprise, too.
While at first it seems to simply be loud for louds sake without much to
redeem it, after a listen or two it really grows on you.
However, I said it was one of the best tribute albums
Ive had the pleasure of hearing, which doesnt mean its
perfect. Some tracks seemed like rather baffling missteps on the parts of their
creators, while others were simply dull. Lying Delilahs Within
You, though not even two minutes long, seems to drag and Meg Lee
Chins Heroes just doesnt seem to go anywhere. But even at
two discs, there are remarkably few songs that you wish werent there.
Theres also a noticeable coherence to the album. Even though the artists
featured are very different from each other, the change from one track to
another never jars. This is an admirable achievement.
.2 Contamination should take its place in any dark
music lovers library, and will be appreciated by a much wider range of
people than just the Coverville or Bowie-obsessed crowd. I would recommend
.2 Contamination to all those who want to hear a lot of good songs done
well that is, virtually anyone.
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