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Living For The Weekend

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

COMPILATION albums are two a penny nowadays. There’s always another excuse to get a batch of popular songs together and celebrate something. The latest, Living For The Weekend, comes from the UMTV label and is an obvious, but pretty decent, 2CD collection of some of the most popular artists around at the moment.

In total, there are 42 songs from an eclectic line-up that includes The Kooks, Amy Winehouse, Amy MacDonald, Sam Sparro, Duffy, Black Kids and more. As ever, though, the biggest joy is finding the tracks you’re perhaps not so familiar with and having your ears opened to a new artist.

Hence, while the likes of Gabriella Cilmi’s Sweet About Me, Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy and even James’ Sit Down are over-familiar, even obvious (or lazy) selections that have and will continue to appear on countless compilations, it’s the less heard gems that make Living For The Weekend a better-than-average selection.

We’re talking the likes of Beth Rowley’s impossibly breezy summer anthem So Sublime, which throws the focus on a female artist who’s every bit as impressive as the likes of Duffy or Winehouse, or The Wombats, whose Moving To New York is a cracking little indie anthem that hasn’t found as great a chart success as hits from the likes of The Kooks or The Zutons.

So, while you’ll doubtless be revelling to the familiar sounds of bands like OneRepublic, Stereophonics, Hard-Fi, Razorlight, Jet and The Killers, it’s worth paying a little more attention to the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Black Kids, Guillemots and Ryan Adams, for insights into what some of the more diverse and interesting artists have to offer.

You’ll probably be nicely occupied for a good couple of hours listening to the two CDs on offer here, as well as turning to it for any dinner parties or barbecues you’re staging over the next few months.

Track listing:
CD1

  1. Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend
  2. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
  3. Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me
  4. One Night Only – Just For Tonight
  5. Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
  6. The Zutons – Valerie
  7. The Hoosiers – Cops & Robbers
  8. James Morrison – Wonderful World
  9. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  10. Razorlight – America
  11. Kings Of Leon – On Call
  12. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
  13. Bloc Party – Two More Years
  14. Kasabian – Club Foot
  15. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
  16. The Wombats – Moving To New York
  17. JET – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  18. Pulp – Sorted For E’s & Wizz
  19. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  20. Paul Weller – Broken Stones
  21. Groove Armada – Superstylin’

CD2

  1. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
  2. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  3. Duffy – Mercy
  4. Amy MacDonald – Mr Rock & Roll
  5. OneRepublic – Stop And Stare
  6. The Fray – How To Save A Life
  7. The Feeling – Sewn
  8. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
  9. Ian Brown – My Star
  10. José González – Heartbeats
  11. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
  12. James – Sit Down
  13. Gnarls Barclay – Crazy
  14. John Mayer – No Such Thing
  15. Beth Rowley – So Sublime
  16. Panic At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon
  17. Rufus Wainwright – Rules & Regulations
  18. Guillemots – Get Over It
  19. Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow
  20. Damien Rice – Cannonball
  21. Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me