May 17, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Music for Courage & Confidence

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mark Eitzel
Producers
New West
genre
Rock
We gave it a B+

Depressives beware: Eitzel specializes in songs of exquisitely lugubrious beauty. On this covers set, he stamps tunes ranging from Culture Club’s ”Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” to Phil Ochs’ ”Rehearsals for Retirement” with his sad-sack aesthetic — to chilling effect. But not to worry: Just when you fear you’re being lulled into a state of terminal despondence, he slips in a rousingly upbeat (for Eitzel) version of Curtis Mayfield’s ”Move On Up.”

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