Album: Vetiver, Thing of the Past (Fat Cat)

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For this follow-up to Vetiver's acclaimed 2006 album To Find Me Gone, singer Andy Cabic has opted to pay tribute to the artists that helped sculpt his own musical character, with a series of cover versions.

Not for Cabic the familiar litany of famous names, however: apart from the occasional Loudon Wainwright or Townes Van Zandt track, and a version of Hawkwind's "Hurry On Sundown", these songs are drawn largely from songwriters who managed to give fame and fortune a swerve even during their late-Sixties/early-Seventies heyday, such as Garland Jeffreys, Michael Hurley and former Fairport Conventioneer Iain Matthews.

Ronnie Lane's "Roll On Babe" receives a suitably warm, soothing treatment, with gentle organ underpinning guitar arpeggios, while Vetiver's version of Wainwright's "The Swimming Song" is scrupulously faithful to the original's jaunty banjo setting. The general mood of the album recalls The Grateful Dead's spliff-tastic country-rock phase, with banjos, harmonies and fellowship to the fore.

Pick of the album:'The Swimming Song', 'Standin', 'Blue Driver', 'Roll On Babe'