Jann Arden, Uncover Me

Uncover MeFor as long as I can remember Jann Arden has been a Canadian FM radio staple and her tried and tested pop formula of sad, lulling ballads have endured though out her career. On her latest disc of standard cover songs, appropriately entitled Uncover Me, she sticks to her guns and keeps to that same formula. Yet upon multiple listens of Uncover, I can't fathom that this is what fans have come to expect from Arden. Her covers of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" and Petula Clark's "Downtown" are so close to the originals that they come off as karaoke. I'm not saying that Arden doesn't have an amazing voice, quite the contrary; she easily commands attention with her soaring, melancholy vocals. Three tracks in particular are perfect example of this – Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" is transformed into a haunting, electro-pop track, the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin" features some Leonard Cohen-esque keyboard effects, while the best track, ironically, is the lone original track "Counterfeit Heart." Uncover is by far her weakest release to date, and one can only hope that she'll uncover a set of more interesting material for her next album. (Universal Music Canada)

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