Editors’ Notes The world’s most original cover band, The Detroit Cobras have spent 11 years perfecting their signature blend of garage rock and old-fashioned soul. The M.O. hasn’t changed this time around: re-record great R&B obscurities using amped-up, fuzzed-out guitars in place of piano or brass, speed up the beat to a rollicking stomp, and crown the whole with Rachel Nagy’s sultry, lush pipes. The result is willfully modest rock-and-roll perfection — old-fashioned without being retro, gritty without being sloppy, fragrant with the greasy, scuzzy Essence de Motor City. Gino Washington’s “Puppet On A String” gets a spooky, reverb-heavy treatment, with a menacing male voice barking out commands (“Walk! Talk! Eat! Sleep!”); some nifty Byrds-sounding guitar embellishes the girl-group nugget “Only to Other People,” first recorded by The Cookies; and Dori Grayson’s “Try Love” showcases the gorgeous vulnerability underneath Nagy’s brass. None of these covers treads the same sonic ground as the original, but none feels like a novelty, either; you may never have thought of Leadbelly’s “On a Monday” as a raunchy, kitten-with-a-whip-cracking rockabilly rave-up, but it makes all kind of sense once you hear it.

SONG
As Long As I Have You
1
2:57
 
Nothing But a Heart Ache
2
2:39
 
If You Don't Think
3
1:41
 
Leave My Kitten Alone
4
2:40
 
What's Goin' On
5
2:04
 
Try Love
6
2:52
 
You'll Never Change
7
2:51
 
Puppet On a String
8
2:07
 
Only to Other People
9
2:25
 
The Hurt's All Gone
10
2:24
 
My Delight
11
2:21
 
On a Monday
12
1:40
 
Green Light
13
2:43
 

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