Dark Was The Night

Various Artists - Dark Was The Night
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Based on 11 reviews
Year End Rank: #45
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Based on 15 ratings
February 17, 2009 / Release Date
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Charity albums all start wonderfully-- with good intentions and noble causes. Alas, they frequently end poorly, entering the world as collections of outtakes, abandoned ideas, and uninspired covers. Whether that matters is another thing: If you share Natalie Portman's

interest in the value of microcredit, or any number of executive producers' hope for more Darfur awareness or money for Doctors Without Borders, getting a decent Death Cab song or Afrobeat comp should simply be a bonus "thank you" for your minimal contribution.

4AD's charity compilation for the Red Hot Organization collects the cream of indieland in a pretty emotive set.
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#24/Pretty Much Amazing
#45/No Ripcord

Track List

This Disc:

  1. Dirty Projectors and David Byrne: "Knotty Pine" 
  2. The Books [ft. Jose Gonzalez]: "Cello Song" (Nick Drake cover)
  3. Feist and Ben Gibbard: "Train Song" (Vashti Bunyan cover)
  4. Bon Iver: "Brackett, WI"
  5. Grizzly Bear: "Deep Blue Sea"
  6. The National: "So Far Around the Bend" (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
  7. Yeasayer: "Tightrope" 
  8. My Brightest Diamond: "Feeling Good" (Nina Simone cover)
  9. Kronos Quartet: "Dark Was the Night" (Blind Willie Johnson cover) 
  10. Antony and Bryce Dessner: "I Was Young When I Left Home" (Bob Dylan cover)
  11. Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner: "Big Red Machine"
  12. The Decemberists: "Sleepless"
  13. Iron and Wine: "Stolen Houses (Die)"
  14. Grizzly Bear and Feist: "Service Bell"
  15. Sufjan Stevens: "You Are the Blood"
That Disc:
  1. Spoon: "Well-Alright"
  2. Arcade Fire: "Lenin"
  3. Beirut: "Mimizan" 
  4. My Morning Jacket: "El Caporal"
  5. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: "Inspiration Information" (Shuggie Otis cover)
  6. Dave Sitek: "With a Girl Like You" (The Troggs cover)
  7. Buck 65 [ft. Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti]: "Blood Pt 2"  (based on "You are the Blood" by Castanets)
  8. The New Pornographers: "Hey, Snow White" (Destroyer cover)
  9. Yo La Tengo: "Gentle Hour" (Snapper cover)
  10. Stuart Murdoch: "Another Saturday" (traditional)
  11. Riceboy Sleeps: "Happiness"
  12. Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues: "Amazing Grace" (traditional)
  13. Andrew Bird: "The Giant of Illinois" (Handsome Family cover)
  14. Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch: "Lua"
  15. Blonde Redhead and Devestations: "When the Road Runs Out"
  16. Kevin Drew: "Love vs. Porn"
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