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Tune of the Week – “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”

The queenpin when it comes to cover versions? That would be Cat Power It’s always a little disappointing to hear how reverential some singer are with other people’s songs. Take that soundtrack to Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There” flick about …

Thu, Dec 6, 2007, 10:17

   

The queenpin when it comes to cover versions? That would be Cat Power

It’s always a little disappointing to hear how reverential some singer are with other people’s songs. Take that soundtrack to Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There” flick about Bob Dylan. There are 33 covers on the double-CD, but most of them are so darn safe and bland. Unlike Haynes with his half-dozen actors depicting Dylan, the musicians seem reluctant to upset the horses or maybe even Dylan himself.

catpower.jpgNaturally, this doesn’t apply to Cat Power. She’s a singer who has always had a winning way with other people’s tunes. Her own albums are often crackers (2006′s “The Greatest” topping the list), but when she sings Nina Simone’s “Wild Is The Wind” or Smog’s “Red Apples”, she takes those songs to a whole new place.

In January, Power releases her second covers album, “Jukebox”. While there’s as much interest in what she left off – apparently, the out-takes include her version of “The Auld Triangle”, “The Dark End of the Street” and “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” – it’s Power’s takes on songs by such idiosyncratic souls as Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell alongside soulful versions of George Jackson and Hank Williams which will leave you breathless.

Her tribute to His Bobness continues on “Jukebox” too, a version of his “I Believe In You” and her own “Song To Bobby”. But it’s Power and band simply having a blast with “Stuck Inside of Mobile…” which gets the nod today. Enjoy.

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