Pick Of The Week, April Fool's Day Edition: Jackson Browne Tribute 'Looking Into You'

Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper and others come together to pay tribute to the iconic '70s singer/songwriter...
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I like compilation albums. I love cover songs. I'm pretty indifferent to Jackson Browne.

Great compilations bring in all sorts of different songs from amazing arrays of artists. They can be perfect mix-tapes letting you explore terrific songs by folks you already know and love while introducing you to new artists and sounds.

A good cover song takes an already wonderful tune and turns it on its head. The best allow you to hear the song in a completely different way while still maintaining the stuff that made you like it in the first place.

I don't have anything against Jackson Browne, not really. He's a well-respected singer/songwriter and the songs I've heard (just the hits from the '70s really) are good. I've just not really heard him outside the radio. I'd like to fix that and this week I think I've got a pretty good opportunity.

If you haven't guessed this week's pick features all three of these things. Looking Into You is a tribute album to Jackson Browne featuring covers of his songs from folks like Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper and many more. Its 23 tracks in all covering the bulk of Browne's career.

That sounds killer to me. There should be enough interesting songs on there to at least make me interesting in really checking out Jackson Browne's back catalog and maybe discover some new artists. That's all I really need in my Pick of the Week.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

A Dotted Line - Nickel Creek:  These guys always sounded like a Muzak version of folk music to me. What I've heard is very pretty and skillfully played but it lacked soul. I've since become a fan of Chris Thile in other projects so I'm hoping that translates into me digging Nickel Creek this time around.

Life Journey - Leon Russell:  I know nothing of Leon Russell other than his name is familiar and one song (the wonderful "She Smiles Like a River.")  But dude is an absolute legend.

She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration - Cyndi Lauper:  I'm a child of the '80s and MTV so Cyndi is right up my nostalgic alley. This is a nice two disk set of her hits mixed with some early rehearsals, demos and a few new remixes (you gotta dig the Yolanda Be Cool mix of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Education, Education, Education & War - Kaiser Chiefs:  Another band whose name I know but that I'm not overly familiar with their actual music. I'm always looking to remedy that problem.

Ramblin' Man - Hank Williams III:  No one expects him to be better than the original, but he's gotta be better than Jr, right?

Cal Jam 1974 - Deep Purple:  The Purple at the height of their fame.

Let It Go - Infamous Stringdusters:  Gotta love that name. I've heard some bootlegs of these guys and they're good.