Various Artists

U2: The Unforgettable Tribute

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The Unforgettable Tribute follows most of the tribute album golden rules to the letter. Indeed, its title and cover art riff shamelessly on band signifiers, while the set list is only the broadest of surveys. That said, the album will offer curious fans a few interpretive squiggles. Kyle's versions of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With or Without You" are reverent sermons of acoustic guitar and distant church organ, while E-Clypse posits "One" somewhere between Sixpence None the Richer and Dido. Unforgettable Tribute also has its weak moments. A fellow named David Hay can't find his way through "Angel of Harlem" or "Desire," and though his arrangement of "Beautiful Day" is promising, the fact that he sounds like Randy Newman trying to sound like Bono is quite off-putting. Overall, Unforgettable Tribute is just more fuel for the raging fire of U2 tributes. But it might be a satisfactory conversation starter for fanclub mixers.

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