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Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children (Fat
Wreck) Aaah... punk
rockers with a heart-- how
sweet! This bleeding heart
benefit compilation gets you right in your ticker.
Touted by Fat Wreck Chords as a CD that in "real, pragmatic
ways will help in the fight to chip away at children's political
powerlessness, one kid and one law at a time," this project benefits
the National Association to Protect Children; a grassroots, non-partisan
organization that fights for children who have been abused, exploited,
and/or neglected. This CD's a good one with a lot of bang for its
beneficial buck. Chock full of
goodies, this compilation features 26 eclectic artists who decided to kick
down for a good cause. From
the opening track, the melodic anthem, "Demons Away" by Matt
Skiba, to the fun-lovin', cheeseball punk rockers NOFX's, "Leaving
Jesusland," to Coalesce's cover of one of my old favorites, Jesus
Lizard's "Mouth Breather," you get all kinds of musicians and
styles for all kinds of tastes. The
common thread is a common desire to protect kids.
If you like bands like MxPx, Anti-Flag, Alkakine Trio, Communique,
or Against Me!, you'll be pleased to discover previously unreleased tracks
from them. Treasures yet to be
unearthed! There's also some
up-and-comings that I keep hearing about like the Soviettes, Grabass
Charlestons (such a catchy name!), and a hootenanny of others, too many to
mention. Among the CD's standouts include Smoke or Fire's track
angry, hard music and scathing lyrics mirror the album's purpose.
NOFX is great. It's
always good to hear from those guys. "When a Good Friend
Attacks" by Western Addiction is awesome.
The last track from Against Me!, "Wagon Wheel,"
beautifully brings the comp all together with another heartfelt rocker
originally written by Bob Dylan. This
is the real-deal, feel-good CD. You
feel good listening to it and you feel good knowing that 100% of proceeds
go for the fight to protect kids. You're
bound to like something on this project.
Ultimately, you really can't go wrong. -Michelle Lemaster