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(Groove Gravy; US: 1 Nov 2011; UK: Import)

Holmes: Covers

Roy Shakked covers 13 classic tracks so we don’t have to, ranging from Ice Cube (“It Was a Good Day”) to Queen (“Bicycle Race”) to Massive Attack (“Paradise Circus”), then back to INXS (“Need You Tonight”), Genesis (“That’s All”) and Elvis Presley (“Don’t Be Cruel”). Depeche Mode’s “Wrong” is cast as a stomping Delta-inflected rocker, Macy Gray’s “Why Didn’t You Call Me” becomes a bar band stomp, and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” receives the a capella treatment it’s always deserved. Does it all work? Surprisingly, yes, which is a rarity for covers collections. Watch for an album of originals coming soon. In the meantime, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the heck out of this.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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