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Cover Girl

Shawn ColvinAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN10C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic
2. Heart of Saturday Night [Live]
3. One Cool Remove
4. Satin Sheets [Live]
5. There's a Rugged Road
6. Killing the Blues [Live]
7. Window to the World
8. Someday
9. Twilight [Live]
10. If These Walls Could Speak
11. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
12. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [Live]

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Colvin does other people's songs her way July 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Believe it or not, Shawn Colvin started out playing hard rock with her own group, the Shawn Colvin Band in Illinois. But the music played havoc with her voice. Then she ended up in the Dixie Diesels, a Western swing band in Texas. By the early 1980s she had moved to New York and was writing and singing folks songs there and in Boston, when she was not appearing in off Broadway shows like "Pump Boys and Dinettes" and "Lie of the Mind." By 1987 she was singing backup on Suzanne Vega's hit song "Luka" and a year later paired up with John Leventhal, writing the lyrics to his melodies. A decade later we get to her big album "A Few Small Repairs," with the hit single "Sunny Came Home," which won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The 1994 album "Cover Girl" is actually a look backwards in Colvin's ascent on the music scene. When Colvin first started working the folk circuit in Greenwich Village in the early 1980s she would take rock songs and turn them into tunes she could play and sing on her guitar, such as "Every Little Thing [He] Does Is Magic" by the Police and "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by the Talking Heads. Of course, when she was signed to a recording contract Colvin focused on her original material. But the generation of music lovers weaned on MTV's "Unplugged" are more amenable to hearing covers of familiar songs done in interesting ways, which justifies this effort. This is not to say that everything here is a radical interpretation of the text, because that would certainly not apply to Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go." The only problem is that the best songs on the album are ones that are not mainstream works and it is hard to appreciate a cover song if you do not know the original (e.g.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album! May 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am not a long standing Shawn Colvin fan. I found this CD in a salvage store...and bought it because I had recently go into a "Few Small Repairs". While I liked most of "Repairs" some songs were world class and others just OK...or better than average "filler" songs. I played "Cover Girl" for the first time not knowing what to expect. Many of these songs are live and the recording quality is astounding. For audiophiles who, like myself, believe how well the music is recorded is almost as important as the message the music conveys, this ablum delivers in spades. It is clear from the music and the album notes that Ms.Colvin has picked these songs very carefully...and is, in fact, deeply, emotionally involved in most of the music recorded here. This album is pure emotion, talent, a stool, a guitar...and THE voice to carry it off. I would recommend this for anyone who likes live acoustic music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO buy this one along with Shawn's earlier work! December 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am amazed to see an earlier 1 star review when the reviewer raves about 5 of the cuts! This album introduces you to the following writers: Tom Waits, Jimmy Webb, Sting, Willis Alan Ramsay, Greg Brown, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Robbie Robertson, J.Sill, and T. Littlefield. A few cuts are live. Some with a full band and others with Shawn and guitar. You can hear her smile while singing the live cuts! A duet with Mary Chapin Carpenter is great. And the liner notes are interesting to boot, which is something I miss with the advent of CD packaging. I found it fun to hear her rendition of songs I already knew and enlightnening to hear writers I never would have heard otherwise. I have not seen her live but from this album I would LOVE to see her in a small venue with just Shawn and her guitar. I think her guitar playing has been overlooked.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun album with a good range... February 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Shawn Colvin fan since even before she came out with her own album. (I discovered her doing backups for/with other people I like, such as Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Lucy Kaplansky.) _Cover Girl_ is my second-favorite album of hers, next to her first. It has a good range of songs, and her cover of "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" (by The Talking Heads) is amazing and gives a much different feel to the song than the original. Other great songs are "The Heart of Saturday Night" (by Tom Waits), "Killing the Blues" (John Prine), "Window to the World" (by Greg Brown), and "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesone When You Go" (by Bob Dylan). The clearly marketable "Every Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic" (by The Police / Sting), while adept enough, I feel actually detracts from the overall mood of the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great remakes January 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although this album contains no new material, I liked it. Shawn Colvin does a great job of putting her own signature sound to the songs she has selected. She even manages to put a totally new direction on the Police classic "Everything little thing she does is magic"; and it sounds great. Other highlights of the album are ""Uncool remove", "Someday", and "Window to the World".
I recommend this album to any Shawn Colvin fan, or anyone who enjoys quality acoustic music. You will enjoy the work she has done on others songs. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of covers April 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The cutely titled "Cover Girl" is a mixed bag of covers from a great singer/songwriter.
At its best "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night,' "One Cool Remove" "Killing the Blues," and the exquisite "Twilight" this album showcases Shawn's voice and her knack for good arrangements.
But this does not help a lackluster version of The Police's Every Little Thing" and several other songs that come across as little more than filler.
If you are looking for an introduction to Shawn, pass this one by and get "Live '88" and "A Few Small Repairs."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artist is having a good time
A collection of songs performed by Shawn Colvin, but written by other musicians. I generally like this sort of work. Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by David Arnstein
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this album
I just had to leave a five-star rating in hopes of bumping up the overall rating of this album. This is at the top of my list of Shawn Colvin albums, with Polaroids probably being... Read more
Published on May 31, 2007 by culinary crazed
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Colvin is great!
Did you see her with Lyle Lovett on Austin City Limits? Super!
Published on April 27, 2007 by pen dmh name
4.0 out of 5 stars A question
This is a good album....but I had a question for Colvin fans that I could not find on the net.

The local radio station use to play a radio Promo of "Every little thing... Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Jojopuppyfish
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Shawn's best effort...
I am in love with Shawn Colvin. I love her in concert and consider her to be one of the great voices of our time. But I only "loved" a few of the songs on this CD. Read more
Published on February 21, 2006 by mr king
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate, almost irresistible
Like many other reviewers, I backed into this one from "A few small repairs". Now this is the one I listen to more. Read more
Published on January 11, 2001 by Mr. Stuart Robert Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Listen
I had been a fan of Shawn Colvin for a long time before I picked up Cover Girl. Even though these are not her own songs, I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on May 25, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disk
I bought this disk in a pawn shop in Georgia after hearing her play at an arts festival. This is the perfect disk to pop in your headset when you are feeling small in a big world. Read more
Published on January 13, 2000 by A Voice Teacher
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