As its title suggests, the Shanti Project Collection benefits the Shanti Project, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of AIDS patients and people living with the HIV virus. The album gathers new, rare, and unreleased tracks from Red House Painters, Low, Idaho, Hayden, and Misc, unifying the collection with a thoughtful, emotional, acoustic-based sound. Shanti Project Collection gets off to a brilliant start with Mark Kozelek and the Red House Painters, who turn in inspired covers of Neil Young's "Midnight on the Bay" and Genesis' "Follow You, Follow Me." Kozelek's melancholy voice and restrained guitar work can imbue meaning even into Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" (which he did on the album Songs for a Blue Guitar), and these two covers prove that his interpretive skills are only growing. "Find Me, Reuben Olivares" and "Smokey," the two new Red House Painters songs, were originally meant to appear on the group's long-delayed album Old Ramon. Though they're just as heartfelt as Kozelek's earlier works, these songs are simpler but more mature, more direct, and all the more affecting for it. Low's icy, sinuous "Lazy" and gently flowing "Venus" are two of the album's prettiest moments, along with Idaho's rippling, subtle "Trip Over" and "The Sun Is All There Is." Toward its end, the album becomes darker, with Hayden's pair of muted ballads, "Wasting My Days Away" and "Choking." Misc's "Tired of Myself" pits moody, insistent guitars against an anguished monologue, and their droning instrumental "Compression" ends the album on a kinetic, if not upbeat, note. Even if this album wasn't dedicated to such a worthwhile cause, Shanti Project Collection would succeed as a collection of thought-provoking songs from like-minded artists, but the reason these songs were brought together makes the album that much more impressive.
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Performance CreditsRed House Painters Track Performer
Low Track Performer
Christy Schnabel Background Vocals
Hayden Desser Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Noise
Damon Richardson Bass,Drums
Technical CreditsSteve Fisk Producer
Martin Brumbach Engineer
Tom Herbers Producer
Mark Needham Engineer
Mark Kozelek Tray Photo
Matt Bayles Engineer
Paul McMenamin Art Direction
Jeff Martin Tray Photo
Hayden Desser Tray Photo
Dylan Magierek Producer,Engineer,Tray Photo
Dave Fisher Engineer
Mark Love Producer,Engineer
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Shanti Project Collection based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
the shanti project compilation is a nice intro for many to some of the finer 'sadcore' bands of today. beginning with 4 red house painters acoustic tracks, including a great version of GENESIS' 'follow you, follow me' and Neil Young's 'midnight on the bay'. Low drops in with a few previously difficult to find tracks, if nothing original to this CD. 'lazy' from I COULD LIVE IN HOPE is featured, plus some rare b-sides. 'venus' is a sugary pop song- uptempo even! the real treat of this CD are the two IDAHO tracks- one solo guitar ballad, and the amazing 'the sun is all there is'. 'the sun...' is difficult to describe, other than it will leave you with a warm fuzzy! don't miss that one! Hayden's contributions are a re-working of 'choke' from his first e.p. and the other song is a classic sadcore epic, complete with shut-in slacker mentality. : ) also in the 'gems' catagory are the instrumentals wrapping up the CD by the badman records producer going by the pseudonym MISC. all in all a nice compilation worth the $ and for a good cause as well!!!