Dark Was the Night
Indie songwriters offer 31 tracks to benefit AIDS-awareness charities. One disc is quiet; one is energetic. Highlights include The Books’ up-tempo cover of Nick Drake’s “Cello Song,” Ben Gibbard and Feist’s swingy “Train Song,” and Antony Dessner’s elegant nod to Bob Dylan. Cat Power, Andrew Bird, and Iron and Wine offer standout tracks.
The Phoenix-based group Delcoa combines the lyrical musings of five diversely trained musicians. Described as a “folky-funk rock” band, Delcoa blends smoothness and energy and will have you bobbing your head in no time.
Scotsman David Francey lives quietly in the woods in Canada and sings about the joys of his simple life. You won’t easily forget the honesty in the lyrics of the a capella “Exit”: “Rich or poor, or young or old, some of us carry a heavy load.”
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