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Dr. John

Dr. John

Seriously, three cheers for the old guys. In an era where hype machine blog year-end top ten lists are often chock-full of buzz band debut albums, let us not forget that Rolling Stone is sometimes right. 2012 has seen great albums from the likes of baby boomer mainstays Dr. John, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Cliff. Despite their age, these artists have somehow managed to adapt their style to the contemporary music world while still creating a product that is very much their own.

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Of all the tasks assigned to the music critic, evaluating a cover song may be the most difficult.  The grade bestowed upon any re-make depends not just on the quality of the performance, but also on the grader’s relationship to the original song, not to mention his relationship to that relationship (Do you love covers of songs you hate?  Do you hate covers of songs you love?).  As such, there is bound to be disagreement about a list like this.  Some will wonder why I included no covers from the Nirvana or U2 tribute albums that were released this year; others may feel my choices are in fact too mainstream.

Thankfully, such controversies are part of the joy of putting together year-end lists, and any critic who embarks on such a project with the goal of “getting it right” is bound for disappointment.  At their best, such lists are not simply a sequence of judgments; they are a vehicle for the sharing of great music.  And if we at Frontier Psychiatrist have one goal, that is it.

So, without further ado, please enjoy our 10 Best Covers of 2011.  Feel free to suggest additions to the list or express dissent with the ranking order.  But, above all, please enjoy the music.

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