Picks and Pans Review: Under the Covers

updated 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dwight Yoakam

Like sneaking a look at a star's record collection, a cover album lets you find out just how cool your favorite musician is. And, as you might expect, Dwight Yoakam is the coolest. Among the varied artists given the Yoakam high five are the Clash ("Train in Vain"), Johnny Horton ("North to Alaska") and the Everly Brothers ("Claudette"). The problem is, Yoakam's versions are overdone: It may be fun to hear the Kinks' "So Tired" reworked into a ring-a-ding-ding lounge tune, but eventually the production razzle-dazzle and sudden leaps of genre get tiresome. At times, Yoakam sounds a lot like a guest star on his own album. (Reprise)

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