Various - The Cake Sale (3 stars)

(Oxfam Ireland)

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Various - The Cake Sale

CHARITY COMPILATION

It is, of course, the very nature of compilation CDs that they are a mix of the good, the bad and the pointless. While The Cake Sale is a perfectly laudable charity collection, that doesn’t make it exempt from castigation. If anything was to define the album, it’s a general weediness: were this record to be a slice of something to go with a cuppa, it would be a sugar-free angel cake.

The good points, though, are highly commendable, with the still amazing Nina Persson displaying a vocal beauty on ‘Black Winged Bird’ which would bring tears to the sternest of warlords while Neil Hannon goes cosmic with ‘Aliens’.

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