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Sweet & Hoffs Do The 80s Proud,
This review is from: Under The Covers Vol. 3 (Audio CD)
As already pointed out, Volume 3 of the absorbing Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs 'Under The Covers' series focuses on the 1980s. Their interpretations of personal faves from that era are really engaging and entertaining - of course, with any covers album, there's a couple of less memorable entries (for example, their version of The Go-Gos 'Our Lips Are Sealed' is litle more than a superior karaoke turn), but there's also some genuine surprises - for example, Hoffs singing Roxy Music' 'More Than This' is a tremendous reworking, and Sweet does a surprisingly listenable version of The Smiths almost uncoverable 'How Soon Is Now'. Similarly, going for more obscure REM material ('Sitting Still') and The Bongos ('The Bulrushes') as well as the excellent XTC cover, 'Towers of London' add a lot of helpful light and shade.
Bearing in mind that both Sweet and Hoffs made their own musical emergence in the 1980s gives this album an added edge, and it's an album I can only highly recommend to fans of the duo and those who enjoy a (predominantly American) trawl through some fine songs from the decade that Taste Forgot!