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Various Artists

Graciously, A Gulf Relief Compilation

(Funzalo)

Even if it didn’t benefit a good cause, Graciously, A Gulf Relief Compilation contains enough interesting nuggets to be a worthwhile purchase no matter what.  West coast alt-country rockers Richmond Fontaine contribute “The Gits”, an ode to the seminal Riot Grrl band.  The ringing slide guitar of Tony Furtado’s “Waste Away the Night with You” is a beautiful roots rock plea to “let the whole world slip away / At least until we’re through… I’ve nothing left to prove / Till we have to face the day.”  Amelia White’s “Skeleton Key” is another star performer.  Co-written with Furtado, this bluesy romp is complete with a Jimmy Page-riff and more rock-than-folk lyrics (“You’re so bad that you’re perfect / Like a two dollar bottle of wine / I wanna drink you all up, baby / Until you know you’re mine”).  Of course, there are some puzzlers in the mix.  Although Howe Gelb and Scout Niblett turn in a medley of “I Want Candy / I Know What Boys Want / Who Do You Love / Not Fade Away” that confounds more than captivates, it does begin to stick in your head.

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