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Help! A Day in the Life

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In 1994, Brit-pop heavyweights like Blur, Oasis, and Suede contributed to a charity album that raised millions of dollars for children affected by the war in Bosnia. In 2005 the War Child organization has once again tapped the country's contemporary music scene, this to support battle-scarred and otherwise damaged children everywhere. Participants in Help: A Day in the Life include Radiohead (the haunting, previously unreleased "I Want None of It"), Coldplay (a remixed "How You See the World"), and Damien Rice (the typically lovely "Cross-Eyed Bear"), as well as Sudanese MC and former child soldier conscript Emmanuel Jal, who contributes the exuberant, hopeful "Gua." Great Britain's bright young breed is also represented in Maximo Park's "Wasteland," "Gone Are the Days" from Magic Numbers, and Go! Team's "Phantom Broadcast." Elsewhere on Help: A Day in the Life -- Keane drifting through a thorny "Yellow Brick Road," Kaiser Chiefs putting some weird herky-jerky spunk into "Heard It Through the Grapevine," and Bloc Party with "The Present."

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