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.
On Tour: A Documentary – The Soundtrack suggests that it is solely the product of a man's ego spinning out of control, with a necessity to repackage material that is already out there in the marketplace.
Desertshore's second album finds the formerly all-instrumental band adding Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters frontman Mark Kozelek as a part-time vocalist. The results are often impressive, but ultimately mixed.