Cover Magazine - Giant Sand
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  • Summary: As you may have guessed from the title, this is an album of covers by Howe Gelb, mainly recorded with Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino. The ten studio tracks and three live performances include versions of Sonny Bono's "The Beat Goes On," Grandaddy's "Blue Marble Girl," and Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Expand
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  1. Cover Magazine evokes both the campfire-spook ambiance of 1995's BBQ and the subtle beauty of their 2000 masterpiece, Chore of Enchantment.
  2. This is a welcome addition to the Giant Sand corpus, and an impressive demonstration of the continuing relevance of the band, more than two decades into its existence.
  3. There's invention and heart in these tunes, and the range is impressive.
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    An eccentric, genre-hopping tribute to the mutability of song-craft. [Mar 2002, p.101]
  5. Jocular and enjoyable to flip through, but the nagging feeling that leaks through is that this collection is little more than a respite for Giant Sand until Gelb returns from the bunker with enough fresh material to record a real new album. [#216, p.63]
  6. He tackles unexpected covers to pleasing effect. [Mar 2002, p.120]
  7. 60
    Mind you, you're still left wondering why they made a covers album. [Mar 2002, p.96]

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