Hopeless Records just dropped the follow up their very cool Songs That Saved My Life release from last year. Simply titled Songs That Saved My Life Vol. 2 the new set features ten songs that mean something to the artists performing them and it raises awareness and funds for Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project and To Write Love On Her Arms. It's a very cool release that's worth listening to because you're helping those folks out too.
The ten songs on this set are all good and they're all from some great artists. Featuring music from State Champs, With Confidence, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mayday Parade, Silverstein, This Wild Life and others - these songs are all covers, and they're all covered in some interesting ways. State Champs "Real World" cover is the first song on the set and rightfully so - they did a tremendous job with the Rob Thomas penned hit from 1996. Then there's Silverstein with the Pumpkins' "Disarm", With Confidence performing Train's "Drop of Jupiter" and Mayday Parade with Further Seems Forever's "New Year’s Project" and lots more. All these songs are produced and performed well and how you feel about each is largely dependent on how you felt about the original song. Personally, State Champs and With Confidence take the award for best covers here for me with Red Jumpsuit and Silverstein not far behind and Silverstein as an honorable mention.
A worthy listen for a worthy cause, be sure to check out Hopeless Records' Songs That Saved My Life Vol. 2. There are some fun covers here and overall, it's a solid listen.