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Mandy Moore “Coverage”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#117 in the Series) is Mandy Moore, “Coverage.”

I told you I’d pull out some weird things on this blog. Well I bet this one really blows your mind!

Before I start, I want to express my sympathy to the family of Michael Been. Wednesday I featured Michael’s Band, The Call. The next day he passes away. Too weird.

Back to Ms. Moore. I bet your saying ‘What the ^%$( is he smoking!’ But take a look at this album. It’s an album full of cover tunes. (How many of those have we seen the past few years?) But what makes this one interesting is the song list that she chooses.

Her performance of these songs was quite good. Some not so much but others were pretty solid.

But let’s look at the songs. I was shocked when I saw this list. She really choose some of the best tunes of the 70s + 80s.

First up is XTC’s ‘Senses Working Overtime.’ Not a bad place to start. Good version too. Second song is The Waterboy’s ‘The Whole of the Moon. You got to be kidding me. What a choice!! I hope Mike Scott got to cash a check on that one.

Song Three, Todd Rundgren’s ‘Can We Still Be Friends.’ Four is Carole King’s ‘I Feel The Earth Move.’

Song Five is Elton’s ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.’ Six, A great version of Joan Armatrading’s ‘Drop The Pilot.’

Song Seven. Cat Steven’s ‘Moonshadow’. The rest of the album includes things like Joe Jackson’s ‘Breaking Us In Two’ Joni Mitchell’s ‘Help Me’ and John Hiatt’s ‘Have a Little Faith in Me.’

I’m not expecting anyone to run out and but this. But I just felt that the I’d mention this album because the song list just shocked the hell out of me. I thought you might get a kick out of hearing about it. I think it’s pretty ‘Cool!’

Coverage was released in 2003 and hit #14 on the Billboard Hop 200 album charts.

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XTC “English Settlement”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is XTC’s, “English Settlement.”

I was trying to decide which XTC album to appoint. I’ve decided to go with “English Settlement.” I usually don’t like feature the most popular release by an artist. And I’m not even sure that this is their most popular, but I’m running with it.

“English Settlement” is XTC’s fifth studio release. The year was 1982. (What a great period for music. I think this might be about the fifth time I’ve chosen something from that year.)

As usual, everything was written by the great Andy Partridge. Not one track stood out from the rest for me. This is one of those discs that just spits ‘em at you. Boom! Band! Pow! Classics like ‘Senses Working Overtime, Jason and the Argonuats, No Thugs in Our House’ and ‘Melt the Guns.’

Where XTC are power pop band? Where they a prog-rock band? What are your thoughts about this or other XTC releases?

Pull out your music, grab “English Settlement” are give it a spin. It’s “Today’s Cool Album of the Day.” When you’re done with this one, then give “Oranges and Lemons” a listen