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Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.
11 Dec 2013
Groovy stuff. Electro-pop's Toro y Moi twiddles the knobs for a chill-out, slow funk take on Lady Day's classic "My Man".
14 Jun 2013
Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.
16 Feb 2012
As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.
11 Feb 2009
It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.
27 May 2008
Another insufficiently bargain-priced, too short selection from Billie Holiday's happiest years.
15 Nov 2006
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