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My Weekly Reader [B&N Exclusive]
     

My Weekly Reader [B&N Exclusive]

by Nellie McKay
 

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Last time Nellie McKay took a stroll through the past, she doffed her hat at Doris Day, an obvious tribute for a singer as besotted with the stage as Ms. McKay. My Weekly Reader, the album that functions as the sequel to 2010's all-original Home Sweet Mobile Home, is a surprise as it

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Last time Nellie McKay took a stroll through the past, she doffed her hat at Doris Day, an obvious tribute for a singer as besotted with the stage as Ms. McKay. My Weekly Reader, the album that functions as the sequel to 2010's all-original Home Sweet Mobile Home, is a surprise as it shines a spotlight directly on some of the shadowy corners of the '60s. Despite opening with a cover of the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" and a leisurely reading of the Beatles' "If I Fell," McKay doesn't spend much time with the familiar. She gravitates toward folky introspection and songs that allow her to strut, two kinds of vintage styles that suit her well, but My Weekly Reader also shows her fondness for weirdo social satire, a quirk that at first glance seem like an odd fit for the singer. Upon second glance, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" and Moby Grape's "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" seem odd, yet the ambition that fuels the covers is admirable. Where My Weekly Reader shines is on the quieter moments, which range from the loveliness of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Wooden Ships," the nostalgic gleam of Gerry & the Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," and the spookiness of Richard & Mimi Fariña's "Bold Marauder." Here, McKay achieves a delicate balance between '60s reverence and a sly modern wink, a blurring of eras that plays to her strengths. [A Barnes & Noble Exclusive added three bonus tracks.]

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My Weekly Reader is the sixth album from American actress and singer/songwriter Nellie McKay and follows her 2010 release Home Sweet Mobile Home. The album sees McKay paying tribute to the sounds of the '60s, with covers of songs by the likes of Crosby, Stills, & Nash, the Kinks, Moby Grape, and the Beatles.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2015
Label:
429 Records
UPC:
0795041604729
catalogNumber:
16047
Rank:
18339

Tracks

  1. Sunny Afternoon
  2. Quicksilver Girl
  3. Poor People/Justice
  4. Murder In My Heart For the Judge
  5. Bold Marauder
  6. Itchycoo Park
  7. Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter
  8. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  9. If I Fell
  10. Red Rubber Ball
  11. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  12. Hungry Freaks, Daddy
  13. Wooden Ships
  14. If I Needed Someone
  15. Yellow Submarine

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