Various Artists

Who Cares: A Tribute to the Who

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The problem with tribute albums is that they usually only hint at the original artists' skill and majesty (if you could call it that) without coming close to the quality of the originals. One is usually left with a mixed bag of decent and not-so-decent tunes, some of which cannot stand alone without the memory of the original. Some songs are hampered since the originals are perfect as is, suggesting the futility of tribute albums. Really, how is one going to improve on tracks by an artist deemed great enough to warrant a tribute album? Who Cares stands as a collection of covers of Who classics, a few of which are quite standout, but most are quite blah and forgettable. The interesting versions are usually deconstructions or reconstructions of the songs into something else, as best exemplified by SoundRangers' whispery and abstract "Baba O'Reilly." A lot of the songs sound like versions heard on alt-pop radio, but the few good tracks save the album from being a complete waste.

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