“Rave On Buddy Holly” is long overdue. (AP Photo, file)

The farther afield the artists venture, the worse things get. How else to explain Modest Mouse’s conversion of the formerly trim “That’ll Be the Day” into such a needlessly complicated slog? Or the terrible thing Paul McCartney did to “It’s So Easy?” The sole exception is Kid Rock, who turns “Well All Right” into a Detroit soul rave-up and gets away with it.