Jon Brion, on Play the Game? Did someone neglect to tell him that this was a Queen tribute album, not a Beatles tribute album? The song sounds like a bastard child of Julian Lennon and Brian Wilson. That said, the song is growing on me, though where I like the idea of what he is trying to do, the singing is sub-par in spots.
The girls in Antigone Rising do a fabulous job, they are up and comers, to be sure...
I was so looking forward to see what Los Lobos could do with Sleeping, and I was sorely dissapointed upon hearing the song on brianmay.com, and remain so today....
Constantine....hated what he did on AI, LOVE this version, though. Very good go at a song that, lets face it, is a "sacred cow".
I likes what Chris Cornell's solo band....err....Eleven did with Stone Cold Crazy. Different, but very well done. Yards better than Metallica's version from the early 90's.
Gavin Degraw, I could take that song or leave it.
Shinedown, I have never cared for them, but they do a good version of TYMD. I prefer Lemmy and Ted's version, personally.
Jason Mraz....not particularily a fan, but I love his version of Loverboy...stayed true to the original, with great results.
Sum 41 doing Killer Queen? Before hearing it, I thought it was cringeworthy. After hearing it, they did it as well as they possibly could. I prefer Travis's version to this one, though.
Rooney, to be honest, I had never heard of them. I like what I heard on Death on Two Legs, I may have to dig a bit to find out about the cats. Excellent performance!!
The Flaming Lips do an interesting take on Bo Rhap. Very different, but very good.
A country-fied '39? I like it, like it a lot...
Now, for the radio friendly hits...
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Exactly what this song would have been in 1985 if The Cars had done it. In a word, brilliant. Very catchy, radio ready.
Fat Bottom(ed!) Girls - May be the song that catapults Antigone Rising to stardom. In my opinion, better than the original...
Bo Rhap - Constantine. Will radio play this if released? Tough call for the dyed in the wool Queen fan.
Under Pressure - Adult Contemporary radio ready. Again, will Hollywood release this, or leave it to die?
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