Composer: Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Conductor: Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Label: Shout! Factory
Release Date: 2009-08-05
Whoever came up with the idea of pairing pop-rock maestro Matthew Sweet and Bangles angel Susanna Hoffs should get some kind of congressional recognition, or the American version of knighthood. The twosome got together three years ago for the first installment of Under the Covers, in which they revisited some of the seminal songs from their teen years, recast with a contemporary shimmer and obvious affection and reverence. For the second volume, the pair stick to more recognizable songs but with an equally impressive range that finds them visiting the acid-washed country of the Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia,” the sugary magnificence of the Raspberries’ “Go All the Way,” the slinky melancholy of Derek and the Dominoes’ “Bell Bottom Blues,” the bitter condemnation of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth,” and the soaring genius of Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me.” As with Vol. 1, Sweet and Hoffs amplify the pop aspects of songs that were pop in the first place (Fleetwood Mac’s “Second Hand News,” Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”) and inject a tart edge where it might not be expected.