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United We Stand, Vol. 2

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United We Stand, Vol. 2 gathers more America-themed pop, rock, and country songs, including likely choices such as Johnny Cash's "Song of the Patriot," the Charlie Daniels Band's "In America," and Waylon Jennings' "America." However, the collection also includes some pop songs that aren't especially pertinent, among them Don McLean's "American Pie" and the Steve Miller Band's "Living in the U.S.A.," as well as politically polarized tracks like the Youngbloods' peace and love anthem "Get Together" and Lee Greenwood's version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Dave Dudley's "What We're Fighting For." Most of the tracks here are decent, with the possible exception of Zanna's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," which unfortunately sounds like an inferior impersonation of Mariah Carey. Still, it's hard to criticize an album that benefits the American Red Cross too harshly; anyone with enough patriotic spirit to purchase this collection in the first place won't be too disappointed by its contents.

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