There's a reason why the tribute album has such a spotty track record: Most are chock full of covers that are mildly interesting at best, and so few ever actually include a rendition besting its origi

There's a reason why the tribute album has such a spotty track record: Most are chock full of covers that are mildly interesting at best, and so few ever actually include a rendition besting its original. Anticipation for tributes nevertheless routinely runs high, only to be met with a large scoop of disappointment. It'll Come to You, however, is already somewhat of a known commodity. Only three cuts are new; a few, like Bonnie Raitt's take on "Thing Called Love" and B.B. King & Eric Clapton's "Ridin' With the King," were even hits. Although Hiatt's songs sort of lend themselves to interpretation—more than 50 artists have covered his tunes—most of these versions (hit or miss) pale in comparison to Hiatt's originals. That's not to say there aren't some impressive performances. Linda Ronstadt's sultry "When We Ran" and Rodney Crowell's Roy Orbison-inflected "She Loves the Jerk" are particularly nice. The great exception is Buddy Guy's tear-inducing version of "Feels Like Rain," which is downright religious and absolutely transcendent. God, what a beautiful song! —WO

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print