The Upshot: Stripped down covers of icons finds the songbird once again revealed as a stellar interpreter.
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Given that it’s been 21 years since the release of Cover Girl, Uncovered could be considered its logical sequel of sorts. Here again, Colvin culls her set list from the efforts of others, showing her taste and finesse in the process. In a way, it’s more adventurous than that set that came before, due not only to the diversity of her sources (Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder et. al.), but also to the stripped down approach which finds her sharing the spotlight with producer Steuart Smith’s acoustic guitar and little else in the way of additional accoutrement. David Crosby and Marc Cohn make cameo appearances, but it’s Colvin’s facile vocals that effectively redefine songs such as “Baker Street”, Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest” Graham Nash’s “I Used To Be a King”,CCR’s “Lodi” and “Robbie Robertson’s “Acadian Driftwood,” as originally recorded by the Band. Colvin and Smith take these songs down to their emotional essence without sacrificing the melodic strains that made them so memorable to begin with. There’s a purity here that might have been hinted at in the original, but which now gets to the core of these renewed renditions though both her diligence and determination.
As a result Colvin adds further credence to her already solid resume, branding herself as an interpreter with a specifically unique perspective. Anyone who’s enjoyed these songs as they were originally will find additional delight in Colvin’s remarkable reinventions.
DOWNLOAD: “Baker Street,” “Tougher Than the Rest,” “Lodi”