Derby Disco Music

Sloan Wainwright may not be the best known of the McGarrigle-Wainwright extended clan, but she has as much talent as any of them. A lot of singers do cover albums, but only a handful would have the moxie or the pipes to tackle remakes of Nick Drake, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Phil Ochs, John Lennon, and Jimmy Cliff. Let’s just say that Sloan Wainwright has the chops to back her audacity. This tight ten-track release is faithful to the originals whilst being neither a Xerox nor an abstraction. It helps when you’ve got a voice that an orchestra unto itself. At a time in which the pop charts are polluted by female singers who sound like they’re twelve, Wainwright is a full-throated woman among girls. Her dark undertones and husk lie at the low end and her soaring alto at the high of a full box of vocal Crayolas.

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