Various Artists

Dear New Orleans

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Released on Hurricane Katrina’s fifth anniversary, this benefit album pays tribute to Louisiana, its capital, and its musical traditions. There’s a lot of music here -- 31 songs, to be exact, with three bonus tracks available on the deluxe edition -- and the performers run the gamut from pop groups to indie rock bands to folk songwriters. There’s also spoken word poetry by 2nd Chief David Montana, a cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” by country artist Allison Moorer, several collaborations (including the final track, “Carnival Time,” where My Morning Jacket get their Dixie on with help from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), and political hip-hop courtesy of the Flobots. The music is all over the place, but the themes are consistent: renovation, restoration, rebirth.