New York's In Love...Part Two
David's performance on The 'Concert for New York City' CD released yesterday in the US on Sony/Columbia (Next Monday December 3rd in Europe) is already getting great reviews in the US. This from Audio Review a couple of days back...just look at that last line:
"Assembled and shipped in what was likely record time, the two-disc companion piece to last October's Concert For New York isn't The Last Waltz, exactly, but it serves as a worthy-and extremely faithful-souvenir of one of the most significant tribute concerts of the past twenty years.
With acts presented roughly in order of appearance, The Concert For New York is parsed into three categories: regulars on the benefit concert circuit (James Taylor, John Mellencamp), classic rock legends (the Who, Paul McCartney, Jagger & Richards), and sops for the kids (Destiny's Child, Goo Goo Dolls, Jay-Z, the Backstreet Boys).
There are random moments of awkwardness: Listeners could likely do without the scattered spoken interludes (Adam Sandler's "Operaman," for example, loses something in translation), and McCartney's show closing "Freedom," while obviously well-meaning, is a surpassingly bad song.
That said, stellar moment abound: Five For Fighting are about the only newer act to distinguish themselves, with the '70s-inspired, oddly Cat Stevens-like gem "Superman." Elsewhere, the Who, with an awe-inspiring mini-set culminating in a thunderous "Won't Get Fooled Again," resolve any lingering questions about their relevancy; James Taylor is in superb voice on the surprisingly fitting "Up On the Roof," and David Bowie's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "America," perhaps the disc's best moment, is moving and fine."