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Help: A Day in the Life
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This is the follow up to 2000's War Child charity album. All of the 22-tracks are exclusive and previously unreleased. Highlights include, a new version of 'How You See the World' by Coldplay. The track had been previously... more »
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This is the follow up to 2000's War Child charity album. All of the 22-tracks are exclusive and previously unreleased. Highlights include, a new version of 'How You See the World' by Coldplay. The track had been previously available in Japan (as an exclusive bonus track on X & Y), but the band remixed it in September 2005 to create a new version with different lyrics for this release. Babyshambles were also a last-minute addition to the line-up of ?Help: A Day In The Life? and have contributed, ?Bollywood To Battersea?. Other hightlights include; Radiohead ?I Want None of It?, Antony and the Johnsons ?Happy Xmas (War is Over)?, Belle & Sebastian ?The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House?, The Go! Team ?Phantom Broadcast?, Keane and Faultline ?Goodbye Yellow Brick Road?, Bloc Party ?The Present? and many more! Independiente. 2005.
An excellent Britpop call for peace!!!
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 01/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded (and retailed) in a 24 hour period by every act involved to raise money for children from war torn regions, this is the fastest recording ever. Amazingly, the quality of the music is superb!!! This is probably due to the stellar line up that includes Radiohead, Keane, Coldplay, The Magic Numbers, The Coral, Bloc Party, Elbow to name a few; loads of my favourite acts.
The ultimate piano rock group, Keane (with alien effects from Faultline), handle a ballad by the ultimate piano rocker, Elton John. `Goodbye yellow brick road' fits choir boy voice of Tom Chaplin to a `T'. It doesn't stray too far from the original.
`I heard it through the grapevine' by Kaiser Chiefs is another story; a rollicking fun reworking of the Marvin Gaye classic which works superbly.
Radiohead provide a dirge like ballad, the brief `I want none of this'. Coldplay perform `How you see the world no.2' and make the song their own, there's the eastern guitar drenched `Hong kong' from Gorillaz, and the summery harmony laden 'Gone are the days by The Magic Numbers.
Most touching story from the line up is that of 25 year old Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier from Sudan who performs the hip hop laced `Gua' (which means peace in Nuer) which surprisingly fits in rather well. He raps in his native Nuer tongue, as well as in English and Arabic, with a lovely children's backing choir (and he also wrote the CD liner notes). With lyrics hoping for an end one day to an to conflict, fear (especially in children) and for peace, this just about sums up this entire brilliant CD.
Very cool- even if you're just a brit pop, rock fan
Nse Ette | 12/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Oh and I'm not a kid by the way.
Anyway, I first heard of the album in the radio and got to hear the track "Heard it through the grapevine" from The Kaiser Chiefs. Then I didn't hear much of it (as I'm living in Germany) but I kept it in mind. But when I remembered it I didn't wait long and put it on my christmas wishlist. To tell the truth , I didn't even really look at the artists or the songs. All I knew was that the Kaiser Chiefs, Maximo Park, Bloc Party and Hard-Fi had tracks on the album.
So when I did get "Help-a day in the life" for the First Advent I was rather surprised to actually find non-brit pop tracks, such as Emmanual Jal or even the Gorrilaz. No ofence but upon listing to the album for the first time I didn'T love it. But after listing to it for a couple of times it really appealed to me. Altough I'm not such a big fan of some of the music I actually really liked the tracks!
Overall I can only recommend "Help-A day in the life". It's not your average "Various" Album because of the great artists. Only thing I don't like about the album is "Happy Christmas, War is over" from ??? ( I can't think of their name just now). I'd like to listen to the album without always having to think of Christmas. But still worth the buy!"