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Various Artists: Two Rooms

Mark Cooper, Q, November 1991

HITHERTO, TRIBUTE ALBUMS have tended to be the preserve of the American college circuit with R.E.M. seemingly ubiquitous as today's aspiring eccentrics queue up to celebrate Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Roky Erickson. Named after the songwriting habits of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, who have yet to write a song in the same room, Two Rooms finds the tribute genre going solidly mainstream with the kind of guest list usually reserved for charity records inspired by global crises.

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