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6 covers, 6 originals, all Steve.,
This review is from: Cover Version (Audio CD)
Always good to have some new material from SW. Even if it's old material that was previously darned hard to get a hold of. It's an album of 2 halves, and other reviewers have gone into some detail on material and choices, so I won't repeat.
What I will say is that this is every bit the stripped-down experiment that SW describes it to be in his liner notes. Some tracks work better than others, as you'd expect - especially as the source material is almost wantonly esoteric.
Where his voice is used as an instrument, the tracks come off best - as, pared down in a production, it can be (being brutally honest) a thin-sounding, nasal affair. The more experimentation, the better - for me. So, 'A Forest' and 'The Unquiet Grave' will probably bear the most repeat listens. For me.
And hearing Steve cover a Momus track is a very curious experience. Whereas Mr Currie emits a dangerous and edgy persona behind an effete, sexualised delivery, SW just seems like too nice a chap to make good on the Lolita-like threat behind the lyric. It doesn't mar the experience, it's just a bit of a head-scratcher.
His original compositions here bear closest affinity with his earlier Blackfield output. Not a bad thing. Just to give you an idea.
To summarise, the whole is a curio, and every bit as good as you might expect. The homespun feel of it is at once its USP (Steve, Steve and only Steve) and its Achilles heel. It simply doesn't have the depth of a 'Raven' or the production values or sonic pallette of a 'Blank Planet'. It's charming, I suppose. But I can't give it 5 stars because the tone of it isn't magnificent, merely very good indeed.