Music review: Various Artists 'West of Memphis: Voices for Justice'

The purchase of this album will in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three.
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Modified: January 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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Band of Horses drifts through a live version of its own “Dumpster World” in a multicolored mood reminiscent of rustic Grateful Dead, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder's “Satellite,” which he warbles over his own ukulele accompaniment, is a moving love song dedicated to Echols and Lorrie Davis, the woman Echols married while he was still in prison under a death sentence.

Other highlights include Bill Carter's “Anything Made of Paper,” Citizen Cope's “DFW” and Bob Dylan's “Ring Them Bells.”

Powerful and effective protest music is still alive and well, and collected here on an album that will in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three, who through legal technicalities have not yet been completely exonerated of the crime they were accused of committing — the mutilation and murder of three little boys. You have to wonder, through all the noise, if there's any real effort afoot to find the actual killer, or killers.

— Gene Triplett