Various Artists

America: A Tribute to Heroes

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

The CD companion to the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, this double-disc set features all of the musical performances aired on the show, including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "I Won't Back Down," Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," and Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Disc one features earnest, rousing performances like Bruce Springsteen's "My City of Ruin," Stevie Wonder and Take 6's "Love's in Need of Love Today," and U2's "Walk On"; disc two takes a more elegiac, reverent turn with songs like Sting's "Fragile," Sheryl Crow's "Safe and Sound," and Wyclef Jean's "Redemption Song." A diverse yet tasteful collection, America: A Tribute to Heroes is one of the best musical responses to the 9-11 attacks, and as with the Tribute to Heroes telethon, it benefits the September 11 Telethon Fund.

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