Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs

Under The Covers Vol. 2 (Shout! Factory)


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Matthew Sweet and former Bangle Susanna Hoffs have a pretty sweet deal going on with these Under The Covers compilations. The first edition was “Sid n Susie’s” fave tunes from the 60s. Now they’re covering 70s classics. Meanwhile, a million Friday-night bar bands ask, “Why not us?”

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Sweet and Hoffs’s pedigree separates this covers comp from the chaff, which is why people like Lindsey Buckingham guest on their inspired version of Fleetwood Mac’s Second Hand News and George Harrison’s kid, Dhani, on their take on Beware Of Darkness. Sweet and Hoffs’s voices are smoothly complementary on Todd Rundgren’s Hello It’s Me, but Hoffs stands out on a raspy rendition of Carly Simon’s ego-busting hit You’re So Vain.

We can make a logical guess what decade the next edition will take on. Maybe they can even cover a Bangles hit.

Top track: Second Hand News

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