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Another album of classy soulful covers,
This review is from: Thankful 'N' Thoughtful (Audio CD)
Bettye is back with another album of classy soulful covers, this time produced by Craig Street, probably best known for his work on Norah Jones gazillion-selling "Come Away with Me" but he's also worked with Cassandra Wilson, k.d. lang, John Legend and Chris Whitley. This album carries on in the same style as her previous albums "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise" and "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook" - stripped-down, sparse arrangements of various interesting songs that highlight Bettye's excellent world-weary, tortured voice.
As with the previous albums I think that this formula can wear a bit thin and that some covers work (Sly Stone's title track) while others don't (Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Fair Enough") and I still can't decide if Betty's re-write of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty old town" (transferred from Salford to Detroit) works or not. I thought that Dylan's "Everything Is Broken" was a bit predictable and that the Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" was a bit pedestrian but Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is transformed into a downhome blues (?!?) and the Savoy Brown Blues Band's "I'm Tired" is rescued from obscurity for a funky workout. There are also nice covers of songs by Neil Young and Tom Waits but ulimately this album is about that wonderful voice.