Various Artists - Independents Day - ID08
Between the twin evils of TV talent shows and irony, the cover version is barely alive. Whether it's an embittered barmaid from Rotherham belting out "I Will Always Love You" to Cowell and co. or some indie band proving how hep they are by running through a Beyonce cover, the art of performing someone else's track in any kind of meaningful way is an increasingly difficult task.
This compilation, released to promote what's left of the British independent record shop sector, illustrates these issues by gathering together a reasonably high-profile roster of talent to either ape the original or go all left-field and cover a 'surprise' track you wouldn't expect them to do - albeit in a really obvious way. So The Futureheads cover Annie in much the same manner they did "Hounds of Love" and Feeder, The Prodigy and Jose Gonzalez tackle their tracks with a similar lack of wit. Even British Sea Power simply xerox the original, provoking a collective shrug of the shoulders not seen since Kerry Katona last appeared on the front of Heat.
Maximo Park manage to make "Was There Anything ..." sound like one of their own songs at least and The Cribs burst through a Replacements number, again suggesting they do pretty much everything as if it were the very last opportunity they would get to do so.
The second disc is made up of smaller artists specially chosen by the main acts. Thomas Tantrum do a nice line in Catatonia-esque pop and Electricity In Our Homes trade in Peel-friendly shambling, so it'd be nice to hear their patrons (The Charlatans) tackle something as carefree for a change. Much of the rest has the air of "They're our mates so we'll give them the support slot" - and you know how successful that usually turns out to be.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 22:48:30