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Uncover Me

Jann Arden Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Bring The Boys Home
2. California Dreamin'
3. Peace Train
4. At Seventeen
5. Love Is A Battlefield
6. Son of a Preacher Man
7. Counterfeit Heart
8. You're So Vain
9. Downtown
10. Solitaire

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Perfectly titled Uncover Me is a collection of nine cover songs and one original that allows Arden to show how emotion-driven music has influenced her along the way. The disc kicks off with "Bring the Boys Home" (originally a 1971 anti-Vietnam war song) that is especially moving with its refrain, "bring 'em back alive." The '70s hit "Peace Train" by Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) also delivers another powerful message in a gentle melody. True to Arden's musical nature, there are a handful of melancholic tracks, including the aptly wistful version of Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" and a moving, traditional take on the Carpenters' "Solitaire." The disc's one original, "Counterfeit Heart" is a definite standout of the slower numbers, one that seems awash with a '40s croon and ache. That track aside, the strongest parts of the CD come in the form of the sassy female-fronted melodies that bring out the best of Arden's style. Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," Pat Benetar's "Love Is a Battlefield," and Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" each allow Arden to infuse a little extra zest and oomph in her vocals. The only downside? That in choosing the songs, Arden didn't pick a number with a little more bite to it, such as Heart's "Crazy on You" or Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," which would have allowed her to shake off the softness, if only for a while. --Denise Sheppard

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2007 issue of the beloved Canadian singer/songwriter's first exclusive collection of cover songs. While Arden has recorded numerous covers before, this set is entirely made up of songs written by other people. The first single from the album is "Bring The Boys Home", a song originally made famous by Freda Payne (better known for her hit "Band Of Gold") that actually made it into the US Top 15. Arden also puts her personal stamp on "Peace Train", "Love Is A Battlefield", "You're So Vain", "Downtown", "Son Of A Preacher Man" and more!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different covers album. March 20 2007
Format:Audio CD
Some people like to do things the easy way. Jann Arden is not one of them.

Consider her latest disc "Uncover Me".

For many artists, a covers album is a cop-out -- a set of tried-and-true tunes tossed off to plug the gap and fatten the wallet between discs.

But not Jann. And not for want of trying, either.

The Canadian singer-songwriter reportedly cut a disc of croony standards, but scrapped it as too downbeat (and coming from ballad queen Arden, that's really saying something).

Instead, she regrouped and recorded the fittingly titled "Uncover Me", a collection of '60s and '70s pop tunes that give us a revealing glimpse into her early musical loves and influences.

Listening to her glistening pop-rock versions of classics like Janis Ian's "At Seventeen", Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", The Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" and Karen Carpenter's "Solitaire", you can picture her sitting alone in her teenage bedroom after school, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing along with her turntable.

The timeless messages of Freda Payne's "Bring the Boys Home" and Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" resonate strongly without seeming heavy-handed, while her somewhat tongue-in-cheek cover of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" is just a kick.

Most of the tunes are pretty faithfully rendered, with the exception of Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield", which is recast as a shadowy ballad.

But no matter the setting, everything possesses Arden's usual undercurrent of melancholy -- even Petula Clark's sugar-spun ditty "Downtown" sounds ironic and resigned in her hands.

After all, Jann knows that forgetting all your troubles and cares is easier said than done.

Lovely, sensitive, beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jann Arden Uncover Me March 1 2012
By ABgirl
Format:Audio CD
This is an enjoyable CD with many great songs on it. Jann Arden's voice and style are in top form. Having just read her Bio "Falling Backwards", the CD was even more enjoying knowing how she became a singer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars O-o-h Jann... Jan. 1 2009
Format:Audio CD
Okay, if you are listening to Jann Arden's Uncover Me as your first taste of Arden, you should be impressed. She has a great, lilting voice and the covers on this album sound fine.

Unfortunately there are two glaring problems here.

First, "fine" doesn't cut it. When you are a recording artist your fans deserve more than fine. (Yes, I am a fan.)

Secondly, having seen Jann in concert, doing some amazing covers of every genre during the performance, I was expecting so much more.

The songs on this album are, knowing Arden's talents, weak. For the most part, the interpretations do not come from the heart and do some incredible songs an injustice. The vocal performances sound like an average Idol audition.

I hope Jann will do more covers in the future as I know her voice and talent is so much better than this album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Bad Oct. 10 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry. I tried to like this album.. but there's nothing to like about it. Perhaps one good song on the entire album. Mediocre to dreadful remakes of good songs. Most songs are arranged almost exactly the same as the originals, sort of makes you wonder why they bothered. The point of doing covers should be to introduce a different viewpoint or style.. but what's the point of doing inferior versions of the original arrangements? Just plain dumb, just plain bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected... Feb. 22 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was another fann that wasn't initially crazy about a cover album, since Jann's original stuff is so outstanding. Then I heard "Bring The Boys Home" on her website and that changed my mind. I looked forward to it from that point on. I got the disc in the mail soon after release and I have to say it's really good. For the most part Jann has quite a unique interpretation of these songs, and her voice is as captivating and heartfelt as ever. She really nails "At Seventeen" and "Solitaire" and the one original tune "Counterfeit Heart" is pure Jann. I recommend the disc. It's a fun and interesting diversion for those of us eagerly waiting the next album full of original material.
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