Dwight Yoakam-Under The Covers (Reprise)
Dwight Yoakam has always occupied an uncomfortable place in the
music world. Too country to be embraced by rock labels, too rock to make inroads in
Nashville, Yoakam and like-minded compatriot Steve Earle have always been loved by critics
but fell through the cracks for the public.
In his first album since his acting
breakthrough in Sling Blade, Yoakam seems dedicated to blurring the line even more.
For example, on this all remakes album, Yoakam recasts the Clash's "Train In
Vain" as a bluegrass swing jam, and damned if it doesn't work. Then he refashions the
Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" as a nouveau cocktail jazz jam.
Even when he
stays fairly faithful to the source material, like on Danny O'Keefe's brilliant but nearly
forgotten "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues," Yoakam plumbs the emotion
inherent in the lyrics about the sudden realization that you are in your thirties and all
of your friends have grown up around you and left you behind. Even the potential novelty
of Yoakam and Sheryl Crow playing Sonny & Cher in "Baby Don't Go" works
Unlike most all covers albums where the singers just regurgitate the
songs, Yoakam takes the time to completely rethink them. The results are never less than
Jay S. Jacobs
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