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  • Summary: The second covers release for the singer-songwriter features songs by such artist as The Beach Boys, Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Willie Nelson, and Sonny & Cher.
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  1. Dec 7, 2017
    80
    James retains the 30s plinky-plonk piano but replaces Bowlly’s particular croon with something a little more off the wall. It turns what can initially seem like a predictable homage to sunny and smooth 60s rock into a compelling and inventive deep dive into pop’s past.
  2. Mojo
    Dec 4, 2017
    80
    Glowing collection of covers. [Jan 2018, p.88]
  3. 80
    The mood of alienated isolation evoked by songs like this and “Funny How Time Slips Away” is balanced by the genial warmth James brings to songs by crooner Al Bowlly, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” and “Midnight, The Stars And You”.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 4, 2017
    70
    Tribute To 2 is a richer and more complex collection [than his previous cover releases]. [Jan 2018, p.20]
  5. Dec 5, 2017
    70
    The result is a warm, fuzzy embrace of an album; a release that will delight fans of James’s work as a solo artist and bandleader of My Morning Jacket, and likely anyone else who happens upon it.
  6. Dec 14, 2017
    62
    If Eternally Even was James’ aggrieved effort to engage directly with a world in unrest, Tribute To 2 is an attempt to offer succor. It’s a little glimpse of the past James hopes will soothe and reassure us.
  7. Dec 7, 2017
    60
    Ultimately, Tribute to 2 is uneven and fuzzy. When it works, it's lovely; when it doesn't, it's a head-scratcher. This is for fans only.

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  1. Dec 30, 2017
    9
    This is such a Jim James-y album. Many songs have the vibe of a Pennywise-like serial killer in a David Lynch film (and I mean that in theThis is such a Jim James-y album. Many songs have the vibe of a Pennywise-like serial killer in a David Lynch film (and I mean that in the most positive way), while others are simply pleasant, like his "Lucky Man" cover. I'm a big fan of the Jim James quirk, so if you are one of those people, I feel confident that you will enjoy this. If you are more on the fence about him, you may want to preview the song list before downloading. Expand