Up-and-coming singer Rebecca Angel is scheduled to release her debut album Friday. Love Life Choices is scheduled for release through Timeless Grooves Records. The 10-song record is a presentation that will find appeal among a very fixed audience. That is because it is composed primarily of covers of well-known pop songs. This is an unorthodox approach to a debut record, but it is an approach that Angel opted to take nonetheless. It limits the record’s reach, but will still appeal to certain audiences regardless. The most notable of the covers that Angel tackles in this record is that of ‘Just The Two of Us.’ It will be discussed shortly. Her take on Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain’ is another of the most notable of the featured covers. It will be discussed a little later. The cover of Sade’s ‘Maureen’ is yet another take that stands out in this collection. It will also be discussed later. When these three songs are considered along with the others (and even Angel’s two originals that close out the album), the whole makes the record worth hearing at least once.
Rebecca Angel’s debut album, Love Life Choices is a presentation that at least some audiences will love. That is even with the record being a covers compilation. Among the most notable of the record’s covers is that of Bill Withers’ ‘Just The Two of Us.’ Angel’s take on the classic song stays largely true to its source material. As a matter of fact, it stays so close to the original composition that it holds its own with that timeless tune right down to the subtle guitar line and keyboards. Angel is to be commended for the path that she and her fellow musicians took on this cover. Even the saxophone solo from the original is presented here. Angel’s take on the song stays that close to the original. To that end, it keeps the song fresh and entertaining for a whole new generation of audiences.
Angel’s cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain’ is another standout addition to her debut record. As with her cover of ‘Just The Two of Us,’ this cover also stays largely true to its source material. Angel maintains the reggae vibe from Marley’s original, which is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences. What Angel adds to the mix here is a touch of a lounge vibe because of her vocal delivery. The specific sound of the drums adds to that sense, too, but thankfully not so much that they doom the cover. They are used just lightly enough to make the song still a positive take on the song. The guitar solo is a little bit overdone, too, but again, thankfully does not doom the cover in this case. All things considered, it is still a cover that is deserving of some praise.
The cover of Sade’s Maureen’ is yet another addition to Angel’s debut record that adds to its success. As with the other two songs, Angel stays largely true to the song’s source material here. Angel’s take steps things up a little bit, making it sound like a mix of Sade’s original and something akin to works from Ani DiFranco. In other words, she gives the song even more of a pop sensibility in her take. When this cover is considered along with the others examined here, the others featured in the record and even Angel’s original compositions, the whole makes her record a presentation that audiences will find worth hearing at least once.
Rebecca Angel’s debut record Love Life Choices is a presentation that a very targeted audience will love. That is because the record is composed primarily of cover tunes. The covers mostly stay true to their source material while also adding the slightest pop touch. The only cover that really can be said to come up short is her cover of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth.’ That cover only does a disservice to the original. Other than that one point, the rest of the record holds its own. To that end, the record in whole deserves to be heard at least once. It is scheduled for release Friday through Timeless Groove Records. More information on the record is available along with all of Rebecca Angel’s latest news at:
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