Nashville City Paper on Haden's Sell Out
brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 4 04:53:26 CST 2005
>From the Nashville City Paper at:
Its not always clear exactly what Petra Hadens
trying to do vocally, but she surely has her own
technique and take on every number featured on Petra
Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out (Bar None). She
certainly does I Can See For Miles in a fashion
vastly different from almost any other cover Ive
heard, though her voice is also often quite compelling
and hypnotic in a strange way. But then Pete Townshend
and his mates always did these songs in unusual ways
during live performances, so hed probably find
Hadens versions of Our Love Was, I Cant Reach
You, Sunrise and Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
very fascinating. This is the type of disc that either
grows on you during repeated listening or becomes even
more unfathomable. Haden recorded the tracks onto a
Tascam-488 8-track that adds a ragged and spontaneous
quality to the versions. She also cut these tracks
over a three-year period, something that is probably
responsible for occasional variances in tone and
sound. Overall, Hadens work certainly immediately
catches and holds your attention. My personal
preference is to hear the originals, but she has
certainly come up with something unique.
-Brian in Atlanta
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