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 0Posted on Jul 26th, 2013 | re: Peter Gabriel Albums From Worst To Best (39 comments)

My favorites in order:
1. peter gabriel
2. peter gabriel
3. peter gabriel
4. peter gabriel
4. So
…and then all the rest

The first four pg albums were released with the title “peter gabriel,” at least in the U.K. He said that he intended them to be like issues of a magazine.

While I’m a big fan of UMO, this cover strikes me as entirely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tracks that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but covering his most recognizable tune in such an orthodox manner is a waste of time. You can’t out-Otis Otis!

While I’m a big UMO fan, this cover strikes me as completely unnecessary. There are plenty of more obscure Redding tunes that would be ripe for reinterpretation, but picking his most recognizable song and covering it in such an orthodox way is a waste of time. You can’t out-Otis Otis.

 0Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012 | re: Bloc Party - "Day Four" (10 comments)

The verse sounds like “Every Breath You Take”

 0Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Zambri - "Hundred Hearts" (2 comments)

Sounds like they sampled/distorted Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”

 0Posted on Oct 16th, 2011 | re: Tennis Covers The Zombies (6 comments)

There are two opposing schools of thought re: cover versions, both of which I find irritating. The first you note here: being so worshipful of the original that you make no meaningful changes. It is pointless to try to out-Zombie the Zombies. However, I find the other extreme just as bothersome: “covering” a song in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable. Cat Power is frequently guilty of the latter–see her versions of “Satisfaction” and “New York.” Musically, these covers are so far removed from the source material that I wouldn’t recognize them at all were it not for the lyrics.

The best covers are the ones that find a middle ground: They are recognizable but also distinct.

 +1Posted on Aug 1st, 2011 | re: "Don't Stop Believin'" Turns 30 (25 comments)

Petra Haden does a pretty incredible a capella cover of “Don’t Stop Believing”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw3GTTYgEV8

 +1Posted on Jan 14th, 2011 | re: The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010 (145 comments)

Agreed on Soft Pack. Other albums I think deserved more attention in 2010:
* Apollo Ghosts: Mount Benson
* Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be
* Sam Phillips: Long Play
* Sophie Hunger: 1983