Various Artists

Free the West Memphis 3

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A fine collection of mainly punk rock covers, with some extra variety sprinkled in. The album is a benefit for, as you might expect, the West Memphis Three. These are three guys incarcerated in the late '90s, either with life sentences or on death row. The details of their conviction are quite problematic, as both the liner notes and Jello Biafra spell out at the end of "Wrong and Important." The Killing Joke contribution adds some more information on capital punishment during their song. Tom Waits growls out a tune with his trusty spronky guitar, which is a highlight among the other interesting tracks. Most of the tracks are on the subject of capital punishment, but some of the cover choices (see Zeke's version of "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden) seem to be positive support for the prisoners coming in a singular form.

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