Like a horrendous and gruesome accident you pass on the expressway, listening to the Jamie Stewart's covers of Nina Simone's music is both repulsive and abhorrent, but ultimately impossible to escape. Seems you just have to listen. Stewart and his avant-garde group Xiu Xiu probably have never had their discs filed in the jazz section of a record store. They have covered music by The Smiths and David Bowie/Queen's Under Pressure." Certainly, covering a legend invites judgement, but Stewart steers clear of direct imitation of Simone's voice, opting to capture only her emotion. His ...read more
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