Cover Magazine

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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 BlackAs 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.
  4. In all, "Cover Magazine" may be one of the slightest of Giant Sand's albums, but after nearly 20 years of varying takes on moody, twilight hallucinations, it arrives like a sigh of relief, a much-deserved break from the norm.
  5. He tackles unexpected covers to pleasing effect. [Mar 2002, p.120]
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    Mind you, you're still left wondering why they made a covers album. [Mar 2002, p.96]
  7. 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]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. chrisb
    Sep 3, 2004
    8
    another one that people can't be bothered to listen to before rating...
  2. Ray
    Aug 10, 2004
    8
    Superb collection of covers, performed in a haphazard, easy style. Brings a smile to my face.
  3. KurtS
    Mar 25, 2004
    0
    I did not like it personally and thought that it was boring.