VA - Cover Your Tracks Released February 27th, 2007
Deep Elm Records
What Is It?
Surprise, surprise; Deep Elm has put out yet another incredible compilation. Eleven of the label’s active bands take songs from the label’s alumni and make them their own.
How Is It?
Sometimes refreshing, sometimes expected -- always incredible. From Desert City Soundtrack’s astonishingly intense rendition of The Appleseed Cast’s “Marigold and Pathwork” to Lock and Key’s potent interpretation of Brandtson’s “Blindspot”, all twelve tracks are both a unique twist on fan favorites and a good gauge of two bands in one song for those new to Deep Elm’s legendary roster. They’re such smooth transitions between bands that these really don’t even sound like cover songs. No awkward fit, just a glorious mix of the past and the present of a highly influential record label and its artists that, sadly, do not get enough credit.
I Wanna Be a Rock ‘n Roll Teen: Free Diamonds – “Go Teens”, Desert City Soundtrack – “Marigold and Patchwork”, Claire De Lune – “Angel on Hiatus”
Ratings Disclaimer: I did not rank the vocal, musicianship, and lyrical aspect to the ranking system because it’d be nearly impossible to estimate the average between the twelve tracks.