Life Imitating Life
Edwin McCain’s last album was largely an acoustic piece that held up pretty well as far as McCain’s previous works go. “Gramercy Park Hotel” was the single off of the album and it was an amazing song, probably the best song that McCain has written since scoring a major hit in “I’ll Be.” In ’08 with a new record you’ve got McCain going a different route musically from that album continuing his diverse assortment of musical pieces. McCain comes out with his first covers album on “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, a jazz/blues/soul album that even though it one of the better cover albums I’ve heard leaves a little bit to be desired because of it’s lack of originality. Covers albums are hard to pull off successfully in today’s music age, because almost every by every artist is available through the internet. So when you see “Some Kind of Wonderful” on an album, a song that most people know but not might not own there’s a little less incentive to buy a record when you can find Grad Funk’s version, which is a little better, and you can listen to that. Although I have a minor quip with McCain putting out a covers album, I can’t really blast the guy musically. McCain and his band perform outstandingly on this record and at times it can be great to hear their take on the song they’re covering. They tastefully pay homage to each song by staying close to the original arrangement and doing a good job pulling each song off. McCain’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” is another decent album from McCain that breaks himself of traditional music-business thinking. Nonetheless, this isn’t an album for everyone, but happily it is an album for some.