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Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (Concord)

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Tribute albums can work two ways: You stay totally faithful to the source material, or you don't. The 17 artists gathered on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac try to have it both ways, with forward-thinking remakes like Lee Ranaldo and J. Mascis' stripped cover of the instrumental "Albatross" and the New Pornographers' stop-and-go, synth-heavy version of "Think About Me" falling into the latter camp. But for the most part, everyone is too in awe of the original songs to muster much of a departure (looking at you, Antony and Karen Elson). Best are Best Coast's peppy bedroom take on "Rhiannon," the Kills' late-night stumble through "Dreams," and the vintage "Future Games," which MGMT turn into a sci-fi synth fantasy, complete with whispering robots and space static. The album could use more of these shake-ups.

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