Cover is Joan Wasser's Pin-Ups, a compilation of cover versions that reveals much about her approach to music.
It's a weird mix of old pop and psychedelia, hip-hop and garage indie, capped by a tremendous reading of the Nina Simone cornerstone "Keeper of the Flame", where her quiet dignity and spare guitar-and-strings arrangement gives the song the stature of a requiem for the High Priestess of Soul. Britney Spears' "Overprotected" becomes a sort of indie fem-rock anthem, while the priapic energy of Hendrix's "Fire" is transformed into a slow, bluesy imprecation. The simple drums/handclaps/a capella vocal arrangement accorded Sonic Youth's "Sacred Trickster" turns it into a "Clapping Song"-style girl-group number, while Adam Ant's "Lady" and Bowie & Iggy's "Baby" are given primitive avant-garde makeovers. The most intriguing material is sourced from hip-hop: both TI's "Whatever You Like" and T-Pain's erotic circus act "Ringleader Man" are treated with requisite panache, while Public Enemy's "She Watch Channel Zero" possesses the most complex arrangement here. Engrossing, and never token in attitude.
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