Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook Image

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  • Summary: The R&B/soul singer covers songs by such British rock legends as the Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, and the Rolling Stones.
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  1. Sometimes torchy and always gut-wrenching, her knowing rasp pushes the album onto terra firma between the blues and power pop.
  2. As promised, the disc is a journey through vintage British rock, but her simmering, brooding John cover shows just how freely she’s chosen to adapt some of the most famous songs in the pop canon. That liberty is well taken.
  3. Divine intervention aside, it's a matter of the unparalleled depth of LaVette's interpretive skill that she can take a covers album and make it sound like a collection of originals.
  4. It's hard not to appreciate the karma of some of the most well-worn rock standards of LaVette's hard-fought early years rendered new again through a voice time almost forgot.
  5. There are flat parts when the band takes shelter in its mid-tempo comfort zone, and not every song is a triumph. But each one feels personal and full of intention.
  6. Mojo
    LaVette says thank you to the British Invasion for bringing soul back home. [July 2010, p. 103]
  7. The album definitely could’ve used a little more friskiness; as it is, a horn-spackled version of Derek and the Dominoes’ “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” and a brisk run-through of the Beatles “The Word” are the only moments where LaVette busts loose from her always heart-felt, but sometimes overly earnest, introspection.

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