Josh Tyrangiel
April 14, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Under the Covers, Vol. 1

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs
Producers
Shout Factory
genre
Rock, Pop

We gave it a B+

Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet both have voices like gumdrops, which makes the spectre of Under the Covers Vol. 1 a little menacing. Each cover is built on densely layered guitars and finished with poofy harmonies, and none could be called ambitious, but there’s surprising joy to be found in a couple of pros singing songs they love. Hoffs still has that adorable quaver, and Sweet supports her with steady warmth. Together they turn ”It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” into something less monumental and more intimate than the original — a perfect late-summer pop song.

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