Songs for Japan
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A music industry-wide charity initiative, Songs For Japan is an unprecedented compilation of 37 major hits and classic tracks on 2 CDs including 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and five #1's from more than 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music. It is a star-studded album collection benefitting Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief. The artists participating on Songs for Japan, the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds to ensure that the Japanese Red Cross Society receives as much support as possible from this initiative.
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Overall this is definitely a value album since you get 38 songs for less that $10. Most of the songs have an uplifting melody or lyrics. Most are rather slow, so if you are looking for dance music than this is definately not an album for you.
I can't speak of all the songs, but I know that some are definitely not the original versions and because of this I was quite disappointed. I considered dropping this another star, but I reconsidered since the primary reason for buying this wasn't just for the music.
(No particular order, just how they loaded into my music player)
Lady Antebellum - I Run to You
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Micheael Buble - Hold On
Adele - Make You Feel My Love (Excellent song. Slow but has a jazzy feel)
John Mayer - Waiting on the World to Change
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Norah Jones - Sunrise
John Lennon - Imagine (Excellent song even if I now own 4 versions of it)
U2 - Walk On
Bob Dylan - Shelter From the Storm (Interesting this song was selected for this cd, but good addition)
David Guetta - When Love Takes Over (One of the surprises on the album for me because I did not know the artist)
Eminem - Love the Way You Lie (I am not a huge fan of Eminem but this is a pretty good song. In my opinion he always sounds better when he gets a quality singer for the chorus)
Keith Urban - Better Life (I am not a huge country fan but this song is pretty good, although it still has some country twang)
Pink - Sober
Cee-Lo-Green - It's OK
Bon Jovi - What Do You Got?
Nicki Minaj - Save Me
Sade - By Your Side
Justin Bieber - Pray (I am not really a Bieber fan but this is a decent song)
Enya - If I Could Be Where You Are
Elton John - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Queen - Teo Torriatte
Sting - Fragile
Leona Lewis - Better in Time
Ne-Yo - One in a Million
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever (Personally I liked her Spanish version much better)
Beyonce Knowles - Irreplaceable
Bruno Mars - Talking to the Moon (While I do like his two popular singles, this song seems a bit too slow for him. Still a decent song)
Katy Perry - Firework
Rihanna - Only Girl
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You
Madonna - Miles Away
Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch (Sounds a bit muffled but it still has pretty decent quality)
Josh Groban - Awake
Black Eyed Peas - One Tribe (This seems to be the exact same as on the E.N.D. cd)
R.E.M. Man on the Moon (Thankfully I own the original which is way better. This version sounds muffled and the 'Hey Baby' lyrics sound so fake)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around the World (Again a bit muffled as in the REM song. Not a horrible version, but not as good a quality as I would expect thankfully I already own this song as well).
Lady Gaga - Born This Way (This super extended version is horrendous. I actually like the radio edit, since I don't actually own the single. This one was my biggest disappointment since I was hoping this version was at least comparable to the radio edit)
MY only complaint is the same as others have mentioned. Some of the songs are not the versions you are used to. Others are live and the quality of the acoustics are poor in some cases. Others have remixes which are much worse than the radio or CD versions.
Regardless, it is still a good deal and it benefits a great cause!
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after a disaster, it wasn't needed!