As culture maintains its steady cannibalization, at least we have good covers albums to look forward to. One case in point is the new L.A.-based interpretation of Paul McCartney's classic Ram.
Out of Los Angeles comes a particularly strong argument for putting our creative efforts on auto-pilot: a loose collection of Angeleno musicians covering Paul McCartney's second (and best) solo album, Ram, has been curated by the folks over at Aquarium Drunkard, with requests for donations to No More Landmines. The original work (recorded, it bears snarky mentioning, in NYC) proved definitively that McCartney could not only succeed but shine following the break-up of the Beatles (a break-up that some of us late-twenty-somethings are still just coming to terms with). The new interpretation, Ram On L.A., cobbled from many disparate voices, speaks to the pop brilliance of the original, but of course casts each track in its own distinctly distorted light.
Though Earlimart's contribution on "Too Many People" is stellar, I'm finding myself more strongly drawn to Secretly Canadian-signed Bodies of Water's take on "Dear Boy." This track, as well as their previous work, is well worth a listen.