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First, to state the obvious, this latest offering from the gravel-voiced singer-wongwriter Mr Hinson is a covers album split over two CDs. One is labelled folk, the other alternative. Whilst there are some decent covers to be found across the two, no single example is better than the original (or other subsequent cover), such is the dizzingly-high standard of records chosen to cover.
The Bob Dylan cover seems lacklustre against the hard-hitting original. The Leonard Cohen is too shrugworthily similar to its original, but without the necessary vocal gravitas. The Frank Sinatra classic is actually quite painful and tuneless.
The alternative disc is considerably more interesting. The Elvis example is made Hinson's own with a different brand of tristesse interwoven with the inclusion of an organ. The often covered, 'In The Pines' is slyly affecting, introducing Hinson's own disquieting unease. The feedback-heavy cover of Buddy Holly is particularly tasty.
Nevertheless, the feeling is that this is for completists and extreme fans only. Approach with caution, certainly the 'folk' disc. For original, and excellent Hinson work, check last year's Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra.