POP ETC. just release the largest collection of covers that’s been put out in a longtime. It’s basically a 15-year-old girl with a ukulele’s YouTube channel worth of covers. There’s a huge list of songs that they put together but the assortment of what they covered is just as crazy as the sheer amount of songs on the release. Everything is covered on this release 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s., rock, pop, oldies – there’s a little bit of everything on this release and POP ETC does a good job of covering everything here.
The songs all fit along with a mostly acoustic mellowed out style, so they all sound similar, but Chris Chu’s vocal is spectacular as he guides us through this collection of song and the production and performances are all solid too. If there’s a gripe with these songs, it’s that no matter how good they are, they sound close to the same and everything kind of runs together.
A bit of boredom aside, some of these covers are great, “Lithium” was done mellowed out and great and the contrasting style of the POP ETC cover to the original is terrific. Then, “Last Nite” is a cool one too – it’s got one of the very few moments on this record where there are some elements of bright production and again, the contrasting style of the cover to the original is great too.
POP ETC’s Covers Collection is worth a scroll through if you’re not a fan. Find a couple of covers you like and then put them into playlists and move on. If you’re a fan of the band then you can listen to this and enjoy it a bit more than most. Regardless of the final product, this is has some cool moments for everyone and some tremendous moments for a few.