Gemma Ray It's A Shame About Gemma Ray

Up until now, Gemma Ray has impressed with her take on folk music, thanks to her blues-influenced guitar and dusky voice. But rather than showing up with album number three, she's taken a slight detour with a record of cover versions recorded in a mere five days at the end of last year. It's A Shame About Gemma Ray isn't the stopgap it might initially appear. After all, every artist has a bunch of cover versions they pull out from time to time, but based on the strength of this, Gemma Ray could quite easily make a living out of performing other people's music. What is particularly impressive about this collection is the range Ray shows, with regards to both track selection ― covering Mudhoney, Gallon Drunk, Shirley Bassey and Buddy Holly ― and the way she sings them. Most intriguing is the reinvention of Sonic Youth's "Drunken Butterfly," the lyrics recited to the theme of Rosemary's Baby, making something so creepy David Lynch would be a fool not to use it in the soundtrack to his next movie. The only thing It's A Shame About Gemma Ray is lacking is the obvious Lemonheads cover. (Bronzerat)