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Please ignore some of the other reviews here, which seem to be by people who don't really like RLJ anyway. The connotation that these are somehow "bad performances" is simply wrong. While this might not be the number one place to start your RLJ collection (Evening Of My Best Day is my personal favourite), these stripped bare versions of classic songs performed by RLJ in all her ragged glory, is a fascinating and intimate listen from an artist who is never afraid to do exactly what she wants in the way she wants. Cover version have always been a part of her aesthetic, and this collection adds a valuable chapter. The understated accompaniments are both subtle and spot on to my ear. Think late Billie Holliday transposed to pop classics - yes, it really is that good.