Part karaoke extravaganza, part (one would think) stroll down an
experimental version of an 80s memory lane for singer Sheik, this
collection veers between true-to-the-original covers and (more
intriguingly) Sheiks own interpretations of these eighties classics.
Fortunately for the listener, Sheik chose some of the smarter 80s tunes,
as opposed to the throwaways (of which there were many); standouts include
his takes on The Thompson Twins floaty Hold Me Now, Howard Jones
previously synth-dark What Is Love?, and Tears for Fears Hughes-worthy
classic Shout heard through Sheiks unique arrangement lens.
Various Artists - Rave on Buddy Holly - Hear Music
Buddy Holly is paid tribute in this new covers collection thats pretty
evenly divided between versions that are solidly loyal to the original
tracks and versions that take more than a few modern-day liberties.
Several of todays quirkiest buzz bands are included here, from Modest
Mouses bouncy take on Thatll Be the Day and Florence and the Machines
version of Not Fade Away, and Cee-Lo Greens fitting, if slightly wacky,
(Youre So Square) Baby I Dont Care. Elsewhere on the set, Fiona Apple
makes a return via her Jon Brion-produced version of Every Day, and the
Karen Elson/Jack White collaboration Crying, Waiting, Hoping.
Kate Bush - Directors Cut - Fish People
Not quite a new album from the influential British singer-songwriter,
Directors Cut nonetheless finds Kate approaching her picks of songs from
two of her albums with - as the title suggests - a directors or
producers sensibilities, as she added new drum performances to each
track, re-recorded all of the lead vocals, and changed up some of the
other elements on each song, including adding guest performers (Danny
Thompson and Mica Paris among them.) Top of the City adds in
traffic-jam-worthy percussion, Rubberband Girl adds in some interesting
synth textures, and This Womans Work gets an even more thoughtful
Various Artists - A Nod to Bob 2 -
This Bob Dylan tribute set brings back several of the artists who
participated in the first Nod to Bob, which was originally released to
commemorate Dylans 60th birthday. Heavy (appropriately) on the
folk/Americana artists - or at least, folky/Americana approaches to the
songs - the arrangements and covers are, for the most part, quite
original, from Lucy Kaplanskys Every Grain of Sand to The Pines What
Good Am I? and Storyhills perfectly-harmonized take on Lay Down Your
Weary Tune - its especially cool to hear that a good portion of the
songs included here are some of Dylans less-known numbers.