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Various Artists – War Child:Hope

Good-cause albums like this are curate’s eggs but Hope might prove an exception since it includes brand new tracks, recorded off the cuff, by the likes of Travis?whose “The Beautiful Occupation” sets the agenda?Macca’s new version of “Calico Skies”, Bowie’s “Everyone Says Hi”, New Order’s spooked version of Jimmy Cliff’s “Vietnam”, Ronan Keating’s “In The Ghetto” and many more. George Michael’s “The Grave” is a sombre set piece while The Charlatans go for the anthemic vibe with “We Gotta Have Peace”. Yusuf Islam revisits his Cat Stevens persona number “Peace Train” to effect and Moby’s “Nearer” could even be a hit. Avril Lavigne’s odd version of Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” might shade the commercial vote, though. Quite an intriguing package.