Josef Woodard
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

What the World Needs Now

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Big Deal

We gave it an 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.

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