COVERS ALBUM OF THE WEEK 1 The Throwing Muses frontwoman and the string-section siblings join forces on a pleasantly eclectic roster of ’70s and ’80s classics and crowdpleasers from The Pretenders (Kid), Wings (Let Me Roll It), The Go-Go’s (Automatic), Leonard Cohen (Dance Me To The End Of Love) and others — all sweetly and gently rendered with a perfect balance of pop, folk and classical. It won’t change your life or anything, but a good time is definitely had by all. Including you.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Tanya Donelly covers some of her favorite songs by The Go Go’s, Leonard Cohen, Kirsty MacColl, Split Enz, Linda Ronstadt, The Pretenders, Wings, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Mary Margaret O’Hara on this outstanding new album. “When Joe from American Laundromat asked if I’d be interested in doing a covers album, I was hesitant, mainly because most of the songs I truly love are already perfect in their original form. But then I had the idea to ask the brilliant Parkington Sisters to be the band for this project, to bring their gorgeous sound and spirit, and make it something cohesive and centered. Happily, they said yes. So I chose a handful of songs that have been on heavy rotation in my head and heart from the first time I heard them, and the sisters took over. They charted and plotted and arranged, and I joined Rose and Sarah and Ariel recording at Jon Evans’ Brick Hill Studio in Orleans MA, with guest players Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans (who also engineered). Lydia P put down some cello later, and I recorded additional vocals at Q Division Studios in Somerville MA, with James Bridges engineering. These are some of the most honest, moving, beautiful, unfiltered, true and cool songs that have ever been written, in my opinion. And those same adjectives apply to the Parkington Sisters as well.”