This year’s cover albums offered ambition on a scale we’ve never seen before. Moving beyond the normal “cover a bunch of random songs we like” tossoff, 2012 offered deeply thought-out conceptual collections. One updated kiddie folk songs for raved-out rockers, others reworked complete albums to their own ends. Even the all-star tributes that pop up every year aimed higher – one of the year’s most high-profile had 70+ tracks! So today we count down the best of the bunch, the ones that swung for the fences and got there. With every passing year there seems to be less sigma attached to the phrase “cover album,” and these sets move that needle even farther forward.
A little less than a year ago, we over here at Cover Me couldn’t help but gush over Catherine A.D.’s delicate, weep-inducing take on Bon Iver‘s “The Wolves (Act I and II).” Since then, Cover Me has stalked her page and covered five of her covers. Needless to say we’re fans and couldn’t be more excited for her next covers release. Between finishing up at university and her debut full length album that’s due out this winter, Catherine A.D. found some time to put together all of her reworkings and covers for her album Reprise.
Cover Me has covered the covers of Catherine A.D. five times in the year and a half since we stumbled across her Bandcamp page. She has taken her quiet balladry to Bon Iver, Lady Gaga and My Brightest Diamond, among others, and she’s back with another stunner.
If there is anyone out there who is familiar with how to truly cover a song it is British Singer-songwriter Catherine A.D. You might remember our posts about her previous Gaga and Bon Iver covers. Whether she’s taking on a hit pop song or a tear-jerker, Catherine A.D. always manages to turn a song into an enchanting ballad. Her new interpretation of My Brightest Diamond‘s “I Have Never Loved Someone” will make almost anyone fall in love with her.
It’s been some time since Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was all over the airwaves; think back to when you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the song on at least three different stations. Despite this fact, British singer/songwriter Catherine A.D. chose to cover the track, and her rendition’s far from the electronic pop hit you’re used to hearing.
Last we heard from HURTS, Kylie Minogue was covering their “Wonderful Life” by, surprisingly, stripping away many of the pop trappings. Catherine A.D. takes a similar approach on her version of “Better Than Love,” but layers on a wall of vocals instead of Minogue’s synthetic strings. The clubby pop beat becomes a grandiose choral explosion.