I’m a big believer in the idea that if you are going to embrace a creative skill, then you should be creative with it. By that I mean, blaze trails, inspire, lead from the front, go boldly… be original. For my money, not that I spend money in this area, tribute projects and cover bands are often more about cash-in than creativity, more to do with riding coat-tails rather than forging ahead. That is unless you take the material and do something truly new, unique and …well, creative with it. And if you want to know just how you do that, give the new album from Lindsey Solo a spin.

Okay, it is an album of covers…but wait, it is those songs reimagined via new generic settings, new styles, new sounds, new speeds, new, often deeper emotions, new and unique vibes, new…everything. And, for someone who doesn’t normally go in for this sort of thing, even I have to say that it is a gorgeous and glorious affair.

Bridge Over Troubled Water (hallowed ground if you ask me) is rendered into a gospel-infused masterpiece, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing becomes an acoustic, soul-pop ballad par excellence and With Or Without You is shed of its rock and roll bombast and reborn as hushed and emotive torch song.

Don’t tell anyone, after all, I don’t want to be thrown out of the Grumpy Old Elitist Original Music Front, and it is my job to collect the subs every week, but I love this album. There I said it. I love it…and you will too.

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