Various Life Beyond Mars — Bowie Covered

Various Life Beyond Mars — Bowie Covered
Quick, name one tribute album that totally rules. Sorry, trick question — there aren’t any. Okay, maybe there are one or two but as a rule, tribute albums are rarely worth your time. Too often they offer a few standout covers and a whole lot of songs that do more injustice than justice to the artist being "honoured.” Life Beyond Mars — Bowie Covered is just such a tribute album. And it’s a shame, considering that the collection’s premise of having electronically orientated artists cover the often electronically oriented David Bowie is a good one. Only a small handful of those involved show there is indeed life beyond Mars. The most notable are Susumu Yokota, who turns "Golden Years” into a sexed-up disco romp, and Carl Craig Presents Zoos of Berlin, whose dark electro makeover of the Reality track "Looking for Water” makes a passable Bowie song into a truly stunning one. As for most of the other artists, either they play it way too by-the-numbers, come across as uninspired or reduce Bowie’s work into kitschy novelty songs. It’s safe to say Life Beyond Mars is not a tribute album that rules. (Rapster)