Chrissie Hynde & The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble - Valve Bone Woe (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 403.20 Mb + 13.01 Mb (Scans) | 01:06:04
Vocal Jazz, Alternative | Label: BMG - 538504482
The notion of Chrissie Hynde recording a jazz album initially seems odd, even incongruous. Hynde admitted as much in the promotional cycle for the release of Valve Bone Woe in 2019, calling herself a "devout rock singer," but revealing that the idea of a jazz album appealed to her because she has a "penchant for cover songs." That much is true. Ever since the first Pretenders album, she's managed to sneak other people's songs into LPs and set lists, but Valve Bone Woe is her first collection primarily devoted to covers. If its existence is a bit of a surprise, it is, perhaps, less of a shock that Valve Bone Woe isn't strictly jazz. Hynde weaves covers of the Beach Boys ("Caroline, No"), Nick Drake ("River Man"), and the Kinks ("No Return") among versions of songs by Frank Sinatra ("Hello, Young Lovers"), John Coltrane ("Naima"), and Charles Mingus ("Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters").