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Another rummage under the covers,
This review is from: Under the Covers 3 (Audio CD)
Volume Three of Under The Covers finds Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs covering some more of their favourite songs, this time from the 1980's (the two previous releases covered the 1960's and 1970's respectively).
If you've heard the previous albums then you'll know what to expect - the album has a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar songs and Sweet and Hoffs aren't interested in radical reinterpretations - they prefer to remain faithful to the original recordings. Whilst this has led some to dismiss these records as little more than karaoke, there's always something of interest, particularly the soaring vocals of Hoffs, to make these albums worthwhile.
Some songs are a perfect fit for Susanna Hoffs - The Pretender's Kid, Kirsty MacColl's They Don't Know and The Go-Go's Our Lips are Sealed. Others, like Elvis Costello's Girls Talk and Roxy Music's More Than This, are less obvious, but she still manages to make them her own.
Sweet shines on some of the more obscure selections, such as REM's Sitting Still, The Beat's Save It For Later and The Bullrushes, originally recorded by The Bongos.
XTC's Towers of London is a great choice as well, there are several XTC songs which would have been more obvious - Senses Working Overtime for example - but although Towers is a left field choice, it sounds really good.
Like the two previous albums this is well worth a listen. It's not an album that will change your life - it's simply the sound of two people enjoying some of their favourite music.