Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"The cover of Rave On Buddy Holly is wisely splashed with huge names, from Paul McCartney and Lou Reed to The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo Green and Modest Mouse. The collection's high-wattage guest list is pretty remarkable for a tribute album - a form usually defined by its unevenness and filler. But Rave On Buddy Holly does more than just throw big names against the wall over the course of a generous 19 tracks. It also adds up to an impressively diverse collection of takes on the innocence of another era... Here, the interpretations of those songs fan out in some unexpected directions: The Black Keys' "Dearest" opens the album on an uncharacteristically reserved note - the song barely registers at two minutes — while Paul McCartney spends more than twice as long howling like an unhinged teenager in "It's So Easy." My Morning Jacket is perfectly cast to bring out the gee-whiz in "True Love Ways," and Modest Mouse is similarly suited to find the menace in "That'll Be the Day," while Lou Reed uses "Peggy Sue" to achieve a kind of fusion of the two. If there's such a thing as "gee-whiz menace," Reed locates it. And, of course, many of these stars prove to be a nice fit for Holly's timeless words and tunes: Fiona Apple sheds her world-weariness for "Everyday," Cee Lo Green makes the most of the 93 seconds he gives "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care," and She & Him's Zooey Deschanel has spent much of her singing career marinating in the gentle naivete she exudes throughout "Oh Boy!" Together, alongside the venerated likes of Patti Smith and Nick Lowe, they give this collection the sweetness its source material demands, without losing sight of the melancholy that lies beneath." -NPR
Rolling Stone (p.101) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Patti Smith's slow, haunted redesign of 'Words of Love' is this album's most faithful salute. She delivers the song like a precious wish -- just the way Holly wrote it."
Spin (p.78) - "Rock'n'roll pioneer Buddy Holly was no stodgy purist, an idea the best of this all-star tribute adopts gracefully..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Nineteen acts interpret proto-rocker Holly's canon with vigorous invention....Holly's beautiful songs retain their gleam..." -- Grade: A-
Q (Magazine) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's The Black Keys, Florence Welch and Julian Casablancas who walk the line between homage and reinvention most deftly."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ormer Hollies harmonizer Graham Nash concludes everything with a beautiful 'Raining In My Heart'..."
Paste (magazine) - "The album opens with The Black Keys performing an emotionally taught and beautifully minimalist rendition of 'Dearest'..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]or sheer sonic beauty it's hard to beat My Morning Jacket's elegant 'True Love Ways'."
Uncut (magazine) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mixed bag, ranging from imaginative reinventions to faithful recreations..."
Tributee: Buddy Holly.
Tributee: Buddy Holly.
Liner Note Author: Randall Poster.
This fun collection from Hear Music features 19 Buddy Holly classics interpreted by an impressive variety of artists, including Paul McCartney ("It's So Easy"), Kid Rock ("Well All Right"), Graham Nash ("Raining in My Heart"), Lou Reed ("Peggy Sue"), the Black Keys ("Dearest"), Cee Lo Green ("(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care"), and others.