July 21, 2011, 8:27 am Brock Oliver Yahoo! New Zealand


For fans of: The Ravonettes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Drab Doo Riffs


Buddy Holly never lived to see his legacy in rock'n'roll unravel into the 21st century - he died tragically in 1959, in a plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

'Rave On Buddy Holly' is a fitting tribute from the creme of the indie crop, mainstream rockers and legends in their own right - Lou Reed, Patti Smith and Paul McCartney.

McCartney chimes in with a thick syrupy dose of swampy rock on 'It's So Easy' recalling the 'White Album'-era Beatles.

While Lou Reed turns 'Peggy Sue' into a dirty chunk of dirge rock, trading in a soda pop vibe for something of a darker, narcotic variety, Patti Smith lightens the load with an angelic version of 'Words of Love'. This sense of "the innocent era of pop music" is enhanced by Fiona Apple and Jon Brion on 'Everyday' and She & Him (which is actress Zooey Dechanel's great band) on 'Oh Boy'. Florence + the Machine turn 'Not Fade Away' into an ethereal (and honky tonk wonky) version of the original.

With 19 tracks in total, this is a great album of Buddy Holly covers and the calibre of contributing artists is second to none... plus Kid Rock.

'Rave On' is a fitting testament to an artist whose influence on musicians through the ages is timeless. He would have aged much better than Elvis, that's for sure.

These happy days... the perfect homage to the legend - 'Buddy Holly' by Weezer (1994)

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