Uncover Me, Vol. 2

Uncover Me, Vol. 2

by Jann ArdenJann Arden

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Kicking off with a brave rendition of the Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden's second installment of her covers series, Uncover Me, promises to be a much more adventurous affair than its 2007 predecessor. But despite the presence of Metallica producer Bob Rock on board, the string-soaked reworking of the indie pop classic, described by Arden as "James Bond on acid," is the only real curve ball on an album that largely sticks to the same repertoire of '60s/'70s lounge-pop, soul, and easy listening classics. Alongside faithful renditions of Dusty Springfield's "This Girl's in Love with You," Peggy Lee's spoken word "Is That All There Is?," and Lesley Gore's big-band number "You Don't Own Me," there are subtle adjustments to the likes of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and Nazareth's "Love Hurts," but it's only on the stripped-back interpretation of the Beach Boys' "In My Room" and the gritty country-pop retooling of Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera" that the Juno Award winner begins to bring something new to the table. Nevertheless, the song choices are a little less obvious the second time around, as evident on the covers of the Motels' '80s radio classic "Only the Lonely," Dorothy Moore's soul-blues standard "Misty Blue," and a stomping Motown-tinged "Glory of Love" (inspired by the Nina Simone version), while "Mr. McLennen," a self-penned melodic slice of driving AOR based on events in her Alberta community (originally written for U.S. country trio SHeDAISY), introduces one of her better recent original compositions to a wider audience. But despite its strong start, Uncover Me, Vol. 2 is just a little too safe, and ultimately bland, to be anything other than a mildly diverting stopgap, proving that Arden is much more compelling on her own material than when she's performing anyone else's.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602527865133
catalogNumber: 2786513
Rank: 81858

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jann Arden   Primary Artist
Norm Fisher   Bass
Craig Northey   Guitar
Keith Scott   Guitar
Pat Steward   Drums
John Webster   Organ
Allison Cornell   Mandolin,Violin,Viola
Camille Henderson   Background Vocals
Saffron Henderson   Background Vocals
SHeDAISY   Background Vocals
Jamie Edwards   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Beach Boys   Composer
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Martha Davis   Composer
Jann Arden   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Connie Harrington   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Bob Rock   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Dave White Tricker   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Kristyn Osborn   Composer
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer
Susan Michalek   Art Direction
Andy Hunt   Engineer
William J. Hill   Composer
Bruce Allen   Management
Johnny Madara   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer

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