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  • Audio CD (17 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NAMES RECORDS
  • ASIN: B001H1Q99M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Not so long ago the cover version was a derided format, associated largely with manufactured acts devoid of their own ideas. In the current pop climate however, the cover has become an admired artform in itself - perhaps partly attributable to the likes of Mark Ronson's Version album, and the popularity of the Live Lounge format and its copycats.

Headless Heroes are a collection of musicians helmed by Eddie Bezalel, a New York A&R guru who tellingly had a hand in the Ronson project. He is joined by contributing producers Hugo Nicolson and David Holmes, blossoming vocalist Alela Diane and a clutch of instrumentalists with a combined collaboration history encompassing Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. The tracklist steers away from the populist via well known cult classics by The Jesus and Mary Chain and Nick Cave, towards lesser known gems by Linda Perhacs and The Gentle Soul.

Diane - an upcoming talent discovered by Bezalel on MySpace - sits vocally between Dolores O'Riordan and PJ Harvey, and her contribution to the reworking of Juicy Lucy's Just One Time could easily be mistaken for the latter. The charming traditional folk of The North Wind Blew South (originally by Philamore Lincoln) and the disjointed moodiness injected into I Am Kloot's To You are both well executed variations, but the plain acoustic rendition of the Mary Chain's Just Like Honey strips the song bare of character.

While the collection is endearing and pleasant, it does not display the diversity of ideas already thrown successfully at the classics by Nouvelle Vague. The songs here may differ greatly from the originals, but they do not separate themselves well enough from one another.

What's left is a quality ensemble playing tracks already beloved in their original form. A concerted effort at some official Headless Heroes material however? Now that would really be something. --Keira Burgess

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It wasn't that long ago that the prospect of an album offering an eclectic selection of cover versions would have sounded quite enticing to me, particularly if some of the participants were known to me. However there has been such a deluge of such things in recent years(Joy Division in bossa nova style anyone? Anybody in hillbilly style, bluegrass, reggae etc) that I now approach such concepts with caution. However, when I heard that Alela Diane was the singer on this album I couldn't resist as I'm a keen admirer of her "Pirate's Gospel" record.

Alela Diane(last name Menig), is usually described as a folk musician(although she has, prior to this, only recorded her own songs) and is supported by instrumentalists Josh Klinghoffer, Woody Jackson, Joey Waronker, Leo Abrahams and Gus Seyffert who have, apparently, worked with everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck to Smashing Pumpkins and REM. Headless Heroes, is the name that she, dance auteur David Holmes, New York A&R "guru" Eddie Bezalel (who worked on Mark Ronson's Versions) and Primal Scream producer Hugo Nicholson have chosen for the venture.

The Silence of Love doesn't sound particularly folky to me and(thank goodness)doesn't try force any particular style on the songs chosen. The song selection is certainly interesting and I found it a plus point that I knew only one of the songs(`Just Like Honey')in its original form.
The album kicks of strongly, if quirkily, with Daniel Johnston's `True Love Will Find You in the End' but doesn't truly hit it's stride until the arrival of Jackson C.
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By Ian Williams VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2009
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Before I start the review proper, let me reveal my ignorance. I have only ever heard one of these songs before and that is Jackson Frank's 'Blues Run The Game' and the version I have is by that goddess of folk/rock Sandy Denny. The version here is -and forgive me Sandy Denny fans (of which I am one)- better. Against an acoustic guitar backing, Diane sings with purity and precision, her American voice more suited ('Take a boat to England, baby/ maybe to Spain') to the lyrics than an English one. It's absolute perfection.

Perhaps I should also declare that I own Diane's two solo albums and love them to bits.

But here she shows her range, losing many of her vocal quirks to display a greater scope than her albums even suggested. In some ways, this is even better. The variety of styles she reveals, without ever being anything less than distinctively Alela Diane, is astonishing -laid back, intense, almost jazzy at times, always effortless and never less than controlled, she is a revelation.

The music is as you would expect, superbly played and arranged, but it is Alela Diane's show and her she proves she could sing almost anything she wants. The last time I was so impressed by a singer was in the late 60's and that was, well, Sandy Denny.

This is a marvellous album for fans of grown up music. Do your ears and mind a favour and get it now.
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So glad I got to hear of this CD even though I am rather late getting to the party. First heard Alela Diane's song "Lady Devine" on the Jon Hopkins compilation Late Night Tales. Was my favourite track and led me to investigate her solo albums and from there, onto this album. Am really glad to have finally discovered Headless Heros and was encouraged to buy the CD by the mainly very enthusiastic reviews. Am not familiar with most of the original versions of the songs so will now check out some of those and will see where that trail of search leads. This is a CD of beautiful music beautifully played and sung that will surely appeal in particular to fans of Alela Diane and anyone who likes ethereal, mildly trippy at times, modern (broadly speaking) folk music. Give it a listen or two and you'll be won over like I was.
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never been a fan of 'covers' records.. but i really rate this one.
firstly the choice of songs.. apart from a few i have never heard of the artists let alone the actual songs... some really great songs from the 60's (Vashti Bunyan,Linda Perhacs),70's (Gentle Soul, Philamore Lincoln?) and more recent (Jesus & Mary Chain,I am Kloot) plus Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Daniel Johnston..
the album as a whole feels like a real album by a real band.. the musicianship is solid and beautifully played.. the singer is Alela Diane.. what a voice -i know her Pirates Gospel album.. but she uses her voice so differently here..especially on the closing 'See my Love' where she hits falsetto after falsetto.. breathtaking!
the production is faultless.
it's a real find and i'm sure people will love this..if you want to impress someone ..or buy someone special a present.. this is perfect
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What a CD. I heard the North wind Blew South on the radio and had to hear more. I took a gamble and brought the CD without hearing any more than the snippit I had heard. From the first to last track it is just awesome. One of the Few CD's that I like every track, Personaly I think it is on a par with Raising Sand. Cant wait for the next CD
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