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Buy Being Out Rocks

Various Artists
Being Out Rocks
label: Centaur Entertainment
released: 10.01.02
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0

A Pleasant Compilation
by: john reed

Being 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 in "Summerfling."

Some blasts 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."

A gorgeously 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.

Cris Williams 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."

Being Out 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.
12-Aug-2002 9:04 AM

If you liked Gold...

1. Angel - Sarah McLachlan
2. Summerfling - K.D. Lang
3. Shine - Cyndi Lauper
4. California - Rufus Wainwright
5. In or Out - Ani DiFranco
6. Society's Child - Janis Ian
7. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Sam Harris
8. Me, Too - Sonia
9. Remember Who You Are - Suede
10. Kiss That Counted - Catie Curtis
11. Topaz - The B-52's
12. Soundonsound - Bob Mould
13. Is This The World We Created? - Queen
14. Driving Wheel - Cris Williamson
15. Are You Out There - Dar Williams
16. Say Goodbye - Matt Zarley
17. IHate.com - The Butchies
18. Bella Morena - Jade Esteban Estrada
19. How Many - Taylor Dayne
20. Alive - Kevin Aviance
21. I Am What I Am - Harvey Fierstein