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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW Big Deal Recording Artists Perform the Songs of Burt Bacharach

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What the World Needs Now

Current Status:
In Season
Various Artists
Big Deal

We gave it a C+

What the world needs now is another pop songwriter of Bacharach’s magnitude. For now, we can revisit his songbook. These covers too often trade in garage-minded scrappiness for the smart plushness of the originals and miss the point. Still, rugged charm bubbles up from Shonen Knife’s ”Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and the dream-lounge air of the Wondermints’ ”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” The real stars are the tunes themselves.