Picks and Pans Review: Cover Girl

updated 08/22/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/1994 01:00AM

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin is an archetypal folkie, an appellation that not long ago was synonymous with quaintness and obsolescence. But in today's pop world, populated by cartoonish rappers, grunge-rock poseurs and annoying techno-dweebs, a lone woman with an acoustic guitar can sound downright innovative.

Cover Girl, Colvin's third album, consists entirely of her own interpretations of other people's songs. She tries successfully to put her own spin on hits like Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" and the Police's "Every Little Thing (He) Does is Magic" and to resurrect worthy obscurities from songwriters Judee Sill and Willis Alan Ramsey. When Colvin performs without a band, as she does on half the tracks here, the pristine quality of her voice and guitar seem positively rarefied. For a buzz you can't catch from Pearl Jam or Snoop Doggy Dogg, forget your fear of folk and cock an ear to this collection of charming covers. (Columbia)

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