Cover albums can be hit or miss. Some of them are really well done. Others fall short of fans’ expectations. Here are five rated highly by the critics.
Band leader Dave Longstreth had not heard Black Flag’s Damaged in about 15 years when he decided to create his own reinterpretation. The indie band reworked the hardcore tracks into art rock songs. Rise Above was given high ratings on Tiny Mix Tapes, AllMusic, and Pitchfork, among other critic sites.
After her successful fourth album, Cat Powers decided to release an album of cover songs. One reason behind this was that she felt more comfortable playing covers than her own music. It was given high ratings by Rolling Stone, Mojo, and NME.
This album was released as a concept cover album. All of the songs were originally performed by men. Amos reinterpreted her chosen songs from a female perspective. The single from the album, “Strange Little Girls”, gave Amos two Grammy nominations.
First released in 1986 and then remastered and reissued in 2009, the band decided to release an album of cover songs. It was given favourable ratings by Allmusic and Pitchfork.
Released as the band’s final studio album in 2000, Renegades reached platinum status just over a month after it was released. At the time of release, Zack de la Rocha had already left the band, but the album did feature his vocals. It was highly rated by Allmusic, Entertainment Weekly, NME, and Rolling Stone.
There are plenty more highly rated cover albums out there. If there’s one you particularly enjoy, feel free to leave a comment!