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Various Artists Radio 1's Live Lounge Volume 3 Review

Compilation. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

A highly enjoyable compilation, if only for a couple of listens.

Elle J Small 2008

"They call me Blood, they call me Rude-boy, they call me Oi, they call me Mate. That's not my name," belts out Dizzee Rascal as he reworks The Ting Tings' number one hit That’s Not My Name. Really, you should buy Radio 1’s Live Lounge- Volume 3 for this cover alone. But that would be silly.

There are several other reasons that make this double disc of 40 live tracks (covers and classics) good. Sadly, there are several more that make it bad. The glaring problem with the Live Lounge series is that its quirkiness doesn't transfer well on to record. Live on radio or, better still, on stage, Elliot Minor covering Take That's Rule The World has the power to wow. In your car, it simply makes the listener remark, 'Oh yes, that’s clever'. In other words, you may find yourself spinning this compilation twice, maybe thrice, then becoming considerably 'over it'.

Thankfully, there are several exceptions to this rule, namely The Hoosiers' stunning delivery of Justin Timberlake's Lovestoned- breathtaking, live or otherwise. Meanwhile Girls Aloud step up their game and defy the most miserable critique with their brilliant rendition of Robyn's With Every Heartbeat and the Pigeon Detectives make Hot Chip's Ready For The Floor totally their own. The real red herring, however, is Goldfrapp’s cover of It's Not Over Yet by Grace. Who'd have thought even the classiest act could make this cheese sound so good.

Of the smaller minority of original material (performed and recorded live), Duffy's Mercy, Kasabian's LSF and Ne-Yo's Closer gleam.

A highly enjoyable compilation, if only for a couple of listens.

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