Midwesterners try their hand at the Beatles, with mixed results
Making a Beatles cover album is just asking for trouble. Nobody could even come close to beating the Fab Four, so nobody really even tries. Luckily, the intention of this album isn’t to best the Beatles– instead, it’s to highlight some of Minnesota’s top up-and-coming rock groups who just happen to be playing Beatles songs.
The problem with this album? It seems that these artists love Beatles music so much that they’re afraid to change or put their own stamp on the Beatles’ songs. This leads to a slew of mediocre covers that by no means suck but aren’t all that praiseworthy, either.
Of course, of the sixteen tracks featured on the album, there are a healthy number of exceptions to this circumstance, the most salient of which is Pert Near Sandstone’s euphoric, bluegrassy take on “I Am The Walrus” (track 9). I’m also digging Mason Jennings’ low-key version of “Child of Nature” (track 3) and Total Babe’s girl-powered “Revolution” (track 2).
Complete list of suggested tracks: **9, 3, 2, 13, 14, 6
Listen for yourself, though– you might have different favorites.