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Occupy This Album review - Various Artists

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SPIRITED MUSIC David Crosby is in the company of Mogwai, Joan Baez, and an eclectic array of artists on this tribute album
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Occupy This Album

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Various Artists
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We gave it a B+

Like the movement it’s supporting, Occupy This Album is massive (99 songs over four discs), eclectic (original hippies Joan Baez and David Crosby sit cross-legged next to noise-mongering weirdos Mogwai and UNKLE), and occasionally hamstrung by the need to get the message across (Richard Barone’s sweet sing-along is torpedoed by its awkward title, ”Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?”). Even when the songs scowl too much, the spirit of the compilation feels more positive than negative — the best that can be asked of any grassroots revolution. B+

Best Tracks:
Deborah Harry’s glitchy Safety in Numbers
Ace Reporter’s propulsive The World Is on Fire