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One of the better cover albums,
This review is from: Imitations (Audio CD)
Every artist seems to have the desire to do a covers album, and the most interesting arethe ones where they choose tracks that seem to be outside their comfort zone. Lanegan has done this here and because of his unique throaty yet melifluous voice he has stamped his own personality all over these songs and genuinely made them his own. My highlight is Mack the knife, just the voice accompanied by a picked acoustic guitar. Eerily brilliant. Not all the tracks are stripped down though, the closer Autumn Leaves has a full string section attached for example.
I suspect this album may split Lanegan fans as it is very "out there" and quite a departure from previous works but I applaud his bravery and really enjoy this album.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2013 18:10:34 BDT
You may be right I think about splitting fans but I think they will all understand it's a personal thing for him doing these covers, I'm a Mark Lanegan/Screaming Trees fan but have to admit after checking it out on itunes that I'll wait for his next 'normal' album, not for me I'm afraid
Posted on 16 Sep 2013 22:55:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2013 23:25:35 BDT
Johnny Bee says:
This is actually Lanegan's second covers album. His first was I'll Take Care Of You which, like Imitations, is excellent. If you enjoy his vocals, what's not to like? He's basically a singer / songwriter and here he uses his interpretation skills.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2013 08:04:42 BDT
Red on Black says:
Thanks Big Jim- A good review of a solid album - I have just listened to Mack the Knife and it sounds great. Not certain yet about "You only live twice" but thats because I can get Nancy Sinatra out of my head. Cheers Rob
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2013 11:55:36 BDT
Thanks Johnny one of my favourite albums and didn't know about the covers...learn something every day
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2013 14:42:16 BDT
Big Jim says:
Fair point Johnny and I agree. I would probably say that I'll take care of you is arguably more in keeping with Lanegan's "style" whereas this is his unique take on more "standard" fare. Both equally good and valid.
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