Various Artists

Stand Up to Cancer 2010

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The songs on this short EP are taken from the 2010 Stand Up to Cancer telecast, an hourlong TV special dedicated to raising money for cancer research. Not all the musicians who participated in the telecast are featured here; instead, the disc includes six of the evening’s performances, from a harmonized duet between Kris Kristofferson and Lady Antebellum to a solo version of “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The one song written specifically for the show, “Stand Up to Cancer,” is little more than ham-fisted pop/rock treacle, but it’s hard to criticize such things when 100 percent of the EP’s profits go to charity, and the rest of the EP is pleasant enough.