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Album Review

When Shawn Colvin first turned up playing Greenwich Village folk clubs in the early 1980s, she used to perform a variety of cover songs, often taking rock recordings and re-imagining them for her girl-with-guitar format. When Colvin began recording in the late '80s, however, she concentrated on her own original material. Cover Girl brings her interpretive abilities back into focus. Songs like the Police's "Every Little Thing [He] Does Is Magic" and Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" are the most radical reworkings here, but not the best, perhaps because they depend on their original productions. Colvin is more successful in choosing classic but not well-known songs already in the folk idiom — Greg Brown's "One Cool Remove," Willis Alan Ramsey's "Satin Sheets," and Rolly Solley's "Killing the Blues." A fan from the old Village days can only lament that she didn't choose to include her version of Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet."

Customer Reviews

What a girl!

A girl and her guitar cover some great and quirky songs. Shawn is one of the quintessential troubadors of the last decade or so. (BTW, her own stuff is wonderful too. Check out all of her CDs). But if you, like me, are not afraid to kvell over covers, you'll love these.

Cover girl

I agree with the first reviewer on everything...except the fact that "You're Gonna Make me Lonesome..." is Bob Dylan's song originally, not The Police's. I consider Shawn's versions of these songs classics now. It's not often that you can enjoy a cover version of a song just as much as the original.

Brings back some great memories......

I remember buying this tape 12 years ago when it first came out. I have since worn it out, so I am happy that iTunes finally offered this album. Her original stuff is great too but this is one album to have in your collection.


Born: January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, SD

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" that began in the late '80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited "woman with a guitar" school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991, but it was her 1997 single, "Sunny Came Home," that...
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