The songs on "Concerts for a Landmine Free World" were recorded during a series of live performances held in 1999 and 2000 to raise awareness of the global land-mine problem. Their hearts are in the right place, but regardless of the cause, the CD simply works as a best-of compilation for the country/folk crossover scene. Each individual performance is stellar, with some of the finest singer-songwriters in the business showing off both halves of the hyphenate. But as a whole, the project's earnestness becomes exhausting as the performers' good intentions reach the saturation point.
The best tracks were laid down by the usual suspects: Emmylou Harris' ethereal voice is still clear as a bell, while Kris Kristofferson works his world-weary croak to its best advantage. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings serve up some "Morphine" that's every bit as addictive as its namesake, and Steve Earle sings with such quiet conviction that it seems he might, as his song suggests, actually raise Woody Guthrie.