Various Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to The Cure

Various Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to The Cure
The umpteenth tribute album to the Cure features a cross-section of Robert Smith and company's '80s contemporaries (Dean Wareham, Tanya Donelly, Black Francis and the Wedding Present), indie up-and-comers (the Rosebuds and the Submarines) and the completely unknown (the rest). Given that the source material is so strong, with most of the classic tracks being covered, it's hard to choose a weak moment. Songs work best when the original feel of the track is inverted, like Dean & Brita's sombre take on "Friday I'm In Love," Elk City's heartbreakingly gentle remake of "Close to Me" or Elizabeth Harper and the Matinee's almost joyous re-imagining of "Pictures of You." The biggest challenge is to resist the urge to simply jump to the tracks performed by the more established acts in order to hear how they interpreted a particular song. An even bigger challenge is to justify giving this collection a second listen after you find out. (American Laundromat)