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  • Summary: The troubadour offers his take on a dozen 1980s alternative-rock classics, including songs by R.E.M., The Cure, New Order, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Pixies.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Phillips captures the imagery, as well as the heart, of an era’s underground.
  2. All [the tracks] are powerfully intimate. [Aug 2006, p.114]
  3. The personal attachment to the material shines through.
  4. While it's hard not to be overtaken with a sense of nostalgia while listening to this album if you knew these songs from back in the day, Phillips pulls them out of their original context and in the process reveals their strength is more timeless than one might have imagined.
  5. The less successful interpretations simply fail to differentiate themselves from the spirit of the originals.
  6. 60
    These tracks feel less like performances than private reveries on which the listener eavesdrops. [Aug 2006, p.108]
  7. Without exception, the well-chosen tunes become edgeless, pleasant downgrades of their remarkable originals. [30 Jun 2006, p.159]

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  1. SteveS
    Jul 28, 2006
    8
    There are a couple of misses here, but the majority demonstrate the beauty and range of Phillips' vocal ability.