Valerie (Version Revisited)
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
What would it sound like if you took an accomplished producer and some of the biggest names in pop and locked them in a karaoke bar for the weekend? It might resemble this album, a collection of fun and energetic cover versions adroitly performed by the likes of Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse. Purists (particularly Smiths and Jam fans) might cringe at "Stop Me" and "Pretty Green," respectively, but there's no denying that this is homage rather than abasement, and even the most po-faced Radiohead fan will crack a smile at "Just."