When presented with a series of cover albums called Guilt by Association, one might imagine them to be filled with ironic takes on cheesy pop songs; that threat’s only increased by a volume that promises to present only songs that fall under the classification of “hair metal,” perhaps the most mocked of all genres. Fortunately, Guilt by Association Vol. 3 betrays no sign of hipster bands mocking songs that some people (this reviewer) legitimately love. Instead, it finds a collection of young, talented acts embracing some admittedly overwrought material from the 1980s and truly making it their own. By any metric, Guilt by Association can be considered a success.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Brooklyn electropop musician Computer Magic has built a following with earworm tunes and unbeatable videos (here’s the most recent). She took a break from recording her debut album to upload this thumping John Lennon cover to her website.
MP3: Computer Magic – (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon cover)