Colin Meloy :: Sings Morrissey/Collins/Sam Cooke

morrisey-colin-meloy.jpgWhile I’ve never been accused of being an avid Decemberists fan, I am a Smiths/Morrissey pundit, and think The Decemberists principle songwriter Colin Meloy released a genuinely great EP of Mozzer covers – back in 2005 – while doing a solo acoustic tour. Both his style and vocal approach were perfect for the, for the most part, lesser known Morrissey tracks he covered throughout.

Meloy followed this up, a year later, with with his tour-only EP Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins, and has now stated that fans can expect a Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke EP at the merch table during his upcoming solo Spring tour. So to tally up: I really liked the Morrissey set, the Shirley Collins set was an enjoyable curio — but, I have to say, I could not be more skeptical of this forthcoming set, as the adjective “soulful” is one I would never associate with Meloy. Guess we’ll find out this Spring.

In related news, this April, Meloy is set to release his first live album, entitled Colin Meloy Sings Live!, covering the Smiths, R.E.M., Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and Shirley Collins (via).

MP3: Colin Meloy :: Jack The Ripper (Morrissey cover)
MP3: Colin Meloy :: Pregnant For The Last Time (Morrissey cover)
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5 thoughts on “Colin Meloy :: Sings Morrissey/Collins/Sam Cooke

  1. Sometimes I suspect that I would like the Decemberists a lot more if I lived during the Italian renaissance. I think Crane Wife was a very good record. The rest is hit or miss. I hear they’re huge among people who enjoy dressing up as pirates for Halloween.

  2. as a long looong time fan of The Smiths/Moz I was highly skeptical when I first heard about this. but then I saw him play the songs in person, bought the CD, and have been a big fan ever since.

    high quality Morrissey coverage here. I think you posted the two best cover versions on the EP but Meloy’s “Sister I’m a Poet” is also outstanding.

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