Being Out Rocks
label: Centaur Entertainment
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
Out Rocks is an assemblage that is novel in concept as it
is on the Centaur record label - who are best known for their
dance collections - as the CD harks upon an eclectic mix of folk,
pop and one-time alternative icons.
A live take
of Lilith Fair creator Sarah McLachlan's Angel leads off the CD
and sets the early mellow tone of the disc while k.d. lang follows
up with a sweet harmonic yarn of short term barmy day romance
from the past appear in the sadly underappreciated Janice Ian,
who makes an appearance with her best known track "Society's
Child." The B-52's are uncharacteristically restrained on
their '89 song "Topaz" and Husker Du alum Bob Mould
gives the set a well need mid set kick with "soundonsound."
mournful vocal from the late Freddie Mercury on Queen's "Is
This The World We Created (also live) is another reminder that
Mercury had the most powerful and almost operatic range in rock.
gives the CD some honky-twang with "Driving Wheel" and
late 80's pop dive Taylor Dayne comes out of her M.I.A. status
and bangs out the new techno filled "How Many."
Rocks may seem like and odd mix of talent and genres, but the
end result adds up to the truly unique and diverse assemblage
that must have been the compiler's goal.