Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Keb' Mo' - Peace...Back by Popular Demand (2004)


Keb' is hit-or-miss with me, but when he hits, there's almost nothing better. Unfortunately, this isn't his best effort. As Amazon.com says in its review, this CD "is a protest album for the double-latte crowd." Nine covers and one original number and none of them come close to being bluesy. Buyer beware, this is smooth pop. Nothing awful, but nothing particularly memorable. If you want a CD of protest covers, get Wake Up! instead.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #174 (Oct 9, 2004)

Tracks: while not my favorite Keb' Mo' CD, there are a few keepers on here, including the cover of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, the cover of Marvin Gaye's What's Happening Brother, and Donny Hathaway's Someday We'll All Be Free. The Keb' Mo' original, Talk, is fairly good although its premise of having a dialogue with the President is a little far-fetched. Skip the piano bar version of Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' and the bluegrass version of Nick Lowe's (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding. Finally, skip the cover of John Lennon's Imagine, a song that shouldn't be covered because the original is the definitive version (which is beautiful even though I don't agree with all of the lyrical content).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: none

Previously revisited for the blog:
Just Like You (1996)

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