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Ten Great Songs and An Ok Voice
on 5 April 2005
The idea of creating an album of cover versions but making them different from their more well known interpretations so you have what seems to be an album of original material has now been undertaken by more than one other artists, both Alison Moyet and The Beautiful South spring to mind, but Jimmy Nail's attempt is as good as any and is well worth a discovery trip.
Certainly Jimmy makes a great effort to cover many and varied styles within the ten songs and manages a pretty good job. In fact this for me is the only real problem with the album as sometimes it has a slightly contrived feel, as if they all sat down around a table with a list of song styles and tried to cover as many as possible.
Highlights of the album include a lovely Country and Western version of "Overjoyed", the Lindisfarne classic "Clear White Light" (probably the song most like its original), the big band sound of "Walking on the Moon" and the upbeat rock of "Once in a Lifetime"
Songs that don't quite do it for me are the acappella of "Love me like a Rock" and the almost gothic spooky classic version of "House of the Rising Sun" - as I say these just didn't ring me bell but at the very least these are brave versions.
Standout track is the brass band of "Something" which is just sweet.
If you like Jimmy Nail then this unique album will go down very nicely, personally I prefer his other original studio albums, but I can well understand the attraction of this offering.