Wednesday, July 20, 2011
What You Been A'Missin'
I was so surprised and shocked, and I wondered too, how yet another... yawn... tribute record could end up being on heavy rotation in my household. But, dang! I am so digging "Rave On Buddy Holly."
Sure, I'd like to do a few things to Modest Mouse with a ball peen hammer for their yak-inducing, hipper-than-thou, soulless stinker of an entry. But less that track, there is nothing here I don't like. I mean, I think I luff this record. The Black Keys, Nick Lowe, Fiona Apple and her damn glockenspiel! All great. And that beautifully haunting take on "True Love Ways," by My Morning Jacket gives me chills usually reserved for The Move. Even Lou "I'm starting to look like Eudora Welty" Reed's turn on "Peggy Sue" is a winner.
The biggest surprise? Hearing who I thought for a nanosecond was Otis Redding, only to check my iTunes screen to see that it was...Kid Rock? Now easy, Big O fans. It WAS only a nanosecond, but I really didn't know what I was listening to. I just knew, I loved this pseudo-soul arrangement of "Well All Right." (Kid Rock. Well, all right.)
Mostly, I'm here to go on about Patti Smith, and her simply gorgeous reading of "Words Of Love." It's hard to top The Beatles' version, and Patti may have. I'm just not sure I have the balls to say so. It's as if she is crying out the tune. Plus, the "Hooked On A Feeling" phased guitar is a real nice touch by, I assume, Mr. Lenny Kaye.
All I am saying is, give this record a chance.
WORDS OF LOVE