Various Artists

By the People: For the People (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture By the People: The Election of Barack Obama)

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This digital-only release features 14 songs that were inspired by the HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. All of the tracks are expertly crafted and uniformly safe, with highlights coming from retro-soul queen Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette, the latter of whom provide a perfectly acceptable take on the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come." Bruce Springsteen provides the collection’s most authentic moment with a live solo acoustic video rendition of "This Land Is Your Land," performed at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, MI.

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