Jun 182022

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

paul mccartney covers

There are a lot of weird and wacky images within Alan Aldridge’s 1969 cult classic book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. One of the most memorable is a drawing imagining what John, Paul, George, and Ringo will look like as senior citizens. In this fantastical portrait, John and George are depicted as eccentric elders. Ringo, in keeping with his everyman persona, is shown as a shopworn sad sack. But it is Paul McCartney who offers the most disturbing vision of the future. “The cute one” appears as a conservative besuited and well-fed bank manager. His smug grin suggests he is proud to have finally outgrown all that silly pop music nonsense. Continue reading »

May 042020
Laura Groves covers

One of the finest, maybe most underrated albums of 2009 was the self-titled debut album by Blue Roses aka Laura Groves. Released via XL, it was full of sophisticated and handsome folk-pop reminiscent of both early Kate Bush and Sandy Denny, regal, theatrical and ridiculously promising. Recorded when she was only 21 years old, the album was unleashed just as the sound of Lady Gaga was taking over the world and felt gloriously out of time. Continue reading »