Ray Davies - See My Friends Rock
Ray Davies has gathered a crowd of celebrity chums (see his friends?) to help him reinterpret well loved classics from his old band the Kinks. See My Friends features contributions from (among others) Bruce Springsteen, Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol, Tired Pony and the Reindeer Section), Mumford & Sons, half of Bon Jovi, and (most touchingly) the recently deceased Alex Chilton on "Til the End of the Day." Chilton's old band Big Star's cover of "Til the End of the Day" remains definitive, so it's cool to see him join forces with Davies on a version that harnesses the strengths of the Kinks' original and Big Star's untouchable rendition of it.
When, we have to wonder, will this reinterpretation-of-my-former-glories trend lose its appeal for fading stars of the past? Not any time soon, apparently. Reservations about the trend aside, you have to marvel at any record that has both Lucinda Williams and Metallica contributing to the project.