Saturday, 8 February 2020

Review: Just Covers (Baby Scream)

#1,520: It would be true to say that the music of Argentinian Power Pop trailblazer Juan Pablo Mazzolo and his Baby Scream project has been a regular feature on elobeatlesforever ever since their debut here on elobf back in January 2013 judging by (believe it not) the six enthusiastic EP/album reviews written by Yours Truly KJS in the ensuing seven years!

2020 sees Juan and Baby Scream venture into relatively new territory with a ten track set of covers (as the album title suggests!) in their own inimitable style. There are some interesting choices of both songs and artistes here whether it be the atmospheric 10cc classic "I'm Not In Love", Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon", Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" or Sepultura's brutal "Roots Bloody Roots" which now a nice electronica tune replete with vocoder! I really like the way that seemingly unique, simple and complex original song arrangements of various genres have been deconstructed and reassembled into a very listenable and enjoyable album fit for a new decade in a shifting musical landscape. Undoubtedly this is most evident with what is my fave track, a wonderful reworking of Aaron Neville's 1966 soulful ballad "Tell It Like It Is" into what amounts to a wonderful Lennonesque anthem. "Just Covers" is a triumph and a job well done. ★★

Trax: "I Wanna Be Famous" ~ "I'm Not In Love" ~ "Love My Way" ~ "Karma Chameleon" ~ "Roots Bloody Roots" ~ "Secret Agent Man" ~ "Stay Forever, My Love" ~ "Tell It Like It Is" ~ "Warm Fuzzy Feeling" ~ "Time After Time"

"Just Covers" by Baby Scream is available now via Bandcamp from just $7 (click here to buy) and will also be available to stream from March, as will be the CD edition via Just One More Thing Records.

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
 Recommended: Baby Scream (2013)
Review: Baby Scream (2013 Expanded Edition)
Review: Things U Say To A Stranger EP (2019)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Just Covers" by Baby Scream to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 08-Feb-2020 ***

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