Uncover Me

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden's star has dimmed in the United States since her Lilith Fair era heyday; like her cohorts Lisa Loeb and Jewel, she's even taken to reality television hosting gigs to help pay the bills, and 2007's Uncover Me was only released in her native Canada. That's a shame, because as all-covers records go, this is a fine example of the form. Some of Arden's song choices are perhaps a bit obvious -- the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," and Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" were not calling for new interpretations -- but throughout the album, she resists the twin urges that doom this kind of project, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden's star has dimmed in the United States since her Lilith Fair era heyday; like her cohorts Lisa Loeb and Jewel, she's even taken to reality television hosting gigs to help pay the bills, and 2007's Uncover Me was only released in her native Canada. That's a shame, because as all-covers records go, this is a fine example of the form. Some of Arden's song choices are perhaps a bit obvious -- the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," and Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" were not calling for new interpretations -- but throughout the album, she resists the twin urges that doom this kind of project, neither slavishly imitating the originals nor going for bizarre, forced re-interpretations that go so far out of their way not to sound like the familiar tunes that she might as well have simply written new songs. Instead, she merely approaches all ten songs as if they were new Jann Arden originals, delivered in her uncomplicated, conversational vocal style over glossy but not sterile or overfilled arrangements. There are some truly inspired song choices in the realm of familiar songs that one wouldn't expect to show up on this sort of disc, such as a kicky take on Petula Clark's "Downtown" that retains the hint of melancholy that underscores the original, a downright spooky version of Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," and a sneering version of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" that sounds more like a lost Liz Phair track. The most inspired covers, however, are the bracing "Bring the Boys Home," Freda Payne's anti-Vietnam powerhouse that's sadly all too relevant during the Iraq war, and an inspired reworking of Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" that strips all the cheese out of the original (including that hysterically campy video) and transforms it into a tense, haunted meditation on a toxic love affair. It's songs like those that make covers albums worthwhile, and Uncover Me, for its faults, is overall quite satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Fontana Universal
  • UPC: 602517123472
  • Catalog Number: 712347
  • Sales rank: 228,754

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bring the Boys Home (3:44)
  2. 2 California Dreamin' (2:42)
  3. 3 Peace Train (3:46)
  4. 4 At Seventeen (4:03)
  5. 5 Love Is a Battlefield (4:18)
  6. 6 Son of a Preacher Man (2:38)
  7. 7 Counterfeit Heart (2:38)
  8. 8 You're So Vain (3:56)
  9. 9 Downtown (3:17)
  10. 10 Solitaire (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jann Arden Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Lent Bass
Dave Alcock Hand Clapping
Kristyn Osborn Background Vocals
Russell Broom Guitar, Percussion, Lap Steel Guitar
Pat Bellaveau Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jim Murray & the Caravan Trumpet
Bruce Leitl Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Loops, fender rhodes
Lyle Molzan Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Theresa Plotnick Viola
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Janis Ian Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Holly Knight Composer
Michelle Phillips Composer
Jann Arden Producer
Tony Hatch Composer
John Hurley Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Gerard Johnson Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Composer
Jann Arden Richards Composer
Kristyn Osborn Composer
Russell Broom Composer, Producer, Engineer
Susan Michalek Art Direction
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Bruce Leitl String Arrangements
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