I love the title and the concept of this CD – a music collection of “guilty pleasure” mainstream pop rock songs performed, or more like transformed, by obscure indie musicians. This album can be divided into three groups – the good, the strange and the laughable.

First, let me applaud the Mooney Suzuki for taking on my favorite Cher song, “Just Like Jesse James,” and winning my vote for best track. Winning the top prize for strange is Petra Haden’s interpretation of the Journey classic, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

The laughable grouping includes all the remaining pop tunes that are turned into folk songs here, especially Luna’s slowed-down version of “Straight Up,” and Geoff Farina’s near lullaby of “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

Grade: B

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