SHOVELS & ROPE “BUSTED JUKEBOX: VOLUME 1”

Have you ever thought what Lou Reed might sound like if he was born in South Carolina?

Maybe. Maybe not. But with Shovels & Rope‘s new album Busted Jukebox, Volume: 1 you can get a taste of what legends like Lou Reed, The Kinks, and even Nine Inch Nails might sound like if they had a southern twang.

The 10- song cover album comes from a talented duo who definitely knows what they want, and what their sound is. It’s folksy, and interesting. The band gives each song an Americana-esque edge that you’d never think of, but you really wouldn’t object to. Lucius, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band all have guest spots on the album, and they fit well into their respective songs.

On “Patience,” Milk Carton Kids aided the band in covering Guns N’ Roses. While interesting, to me it felt more like if Axl Rose was covering the song while drunk at a bar.

However, “Last,” a Nine Inch Nails cover, got my attention. They called upon Caroline Rose to join them on the song, and I think it’s brilliant. The band’s bluegrass roots give the already edgy song a completely different feel than the original.

For me, Lou Reed has such a prominent reservation in my heart, and no one can really do “Perfect Day” quite like he can, however if I were at a music festival (where I’m assuming super groups like Shovels & Rope and Preservation Hall Jazz Band would form to play) I’d definitely stop and listen, and get really excited for it.

I’m always a sucker for covers and strange crossovers, so if you’re curious give it a listen and see for yourself.