Covers

The Rite of Spring

Artist: 
The Bad Plus
Label: 
Sony Masterworks

The Bad Plus are a cover band. Many of their releases are compilations of free jazz covers of songs from Blondie to Aphex Twin. Seeing that they took on the monumental task of making a jazz cover of one of the most influential pieces of art of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, I was curious to see just how the two would mix. The Rite of Spring is already quite cacophonous, so I was expecting a free jazz cover of it to be nothing short of atonal. My expectations could not have been more different from reality.

Sounds Like: 
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Sounds Like: 
Colorlist
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2014

Minnesota Beatles Project: Vol 2

Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
Vega Productions

All of the tracks herein are wildly different.  If you'd like to play a song off of here (which I recommend that you do), all of the artists are located on the back of the CD.  Because these artists are so wildly different, this is a review of the individual songs, not the CD as a whole.

Sounds Like: 
Not The Beatles
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
08/19/2013

Plays Bond

Artist: 
Daniel Lantz Trio
Label: 
Do Music Records

Yup, this is a classical-jazz cover album of James Bond theme songs. A very well-trained South African singer performs all the vocals that are supposed to make us think of sex and violence. Other than that, I'm not so sure what to say. I mean, it's pretty straightforward. Bond covers. Jazz piano and sax. Dig it, fools.

Sounds Like: 
James Bond movie songs
Sounds Like: 
Covers of fucking James Bond movie songs.
Name: 
Greg Gonzales
Date Reviewed: 
01/09/2013

ReAnimate: The Covers - EP

Artist: 
Halestorm
Label: 
Atlantic Records

 I had heard of Halestorm in the past, but I had never listened to them thoroughly. Apparently, they're new on the metal scene, and this is an EP of covers that the band has opted to do, including songs by GnR, the Beatles, Skid Row, Heart, Temple of the Dog and even Lady Gaga. I'm usually skeptical of covers, but the minute I heard the opening track, I was blown away. This actually has the potential to be a metal gem from an up and coming band, led by an amazing female vocalist, Izzy Hale. Seriously. This chick can sing. And it's not pretty.

Sounds Like: 
Kittie
Sounds Like: 
In This Moment
Sounds Like: 
Trivium
Sounds Like: 
Killswitch Engage
Name: 
Dave Hentz
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2012

The Bowie Variations: For Piano

Artist: 
Mike Garson
Label: 
Reference Recordings

So, this CD is made entirely of piano jazz instrumental covers of David Bowie.  This BELONGS on college radio.  Everything feels very relaxed and smooth, and if you don't know the original Bowie songs, this CD could easily pass as a collection of calming instrumentals.  As for recommendations: play a song that you recognize.  There's not any song that sticks out as better than the others, so go for whatever song you liked the most originally.  I really wish I could think of more to say.  I'd recommend using tracks from this CD as transitions that you can talk o

Sounds Like: 
Smooth, piano jazz instrumental wonderfullness.
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2011

2 Cellos

Artist: 
2 Cellos
Label: 
Sony Masterworks

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are two Croatian music students from London's Royal Academy of Music whose careers are on the rise after having posted a cello duet version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" onto their YouTube channel and becoming a hit. On their debut album, the duo continue to make cello duet covers of popular songs by U2, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Guns n Roses, and more. They do faithful reinterpretations of these songs, and it's interesting hearing some of them performed in a style like this.

Sounds Like: 
Vitamin String Quartet
Sounds Like: 
Apocalyptica
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2011

Turn Ons

Artist: 
The Hotrats
Label: 
Fat Possum Records

British alternative rock band! This album is surprisingly good! It's all covers of great songs! (I didnt realize that when I picked it up) The sex pistols, Velvet Underground, The doors, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, Beastie Boys, The Cure and more! So pretty much they took all your favorite songs, and then redid them. So i'm sure everyone can find something they enjoy, spin it!

Sounds Like: 
The Raconteurs
Sounds Like: 
The Fratellis
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2010

Scratch My Back

Artist: 
Peter Gabriel
Label: 
EMI

First off, this album is NOT like anything Peter Gabriel has ever done.  Not that he's ever firmly planted his music in a single genre, but this is a side of him you've not heard before.  Scratch My Back is an album of covers with an interesting concept; every artist that Gabriel has covered has agreed to release a Gabriel cover in the coming year.  That's Nifty. 

Sounds Like: 
a lullaby
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2010

Billie Remembered: The Classic Songs Of Billie Holiday

Artist: 
Stephanie Nakasian
Label: 
Inner City Records

Well, if you picked up this CD, congratulations for your taste in music.  However, let me just get this out of the way: These covers don't really measure up to Billie's legacy.  Sure, they're good (quite good, actually), but if you wanted some good, old fashioned classic jazz, I'd go hit up the real thing.  Stephanie Nakasian does a very good job of paying homage to Billie, but that's exactly it; all she does is pay homage.  She doesn't really try to do anything new, and that's what I find the most disappointing about this CD.  She's obviously very talented, and wit

Sounds Like: 
Billie Holiday
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2010

Violin On Fire

Artist: 
Buckley Mills
Label: 
Chacra Music

Ahhhhh....

Sounds Like: 
Jazz with violin?
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2010