Various Artists - Let Us In - Nashville
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Let Us In - Nashville (Reviver Music, 2011)

Various Artists

Reviewed by Sara Hetland

No matter your musical preferences, there are few songs as familiar to us as the songs of The Beatles and as a result, Beatles-related covers have the tendency to fall a bit flat. When covered in too straightforward of a manner, they are simply going to be shadows of the originals. However, new meaning can be brought to the music and lyrics when one deviates a bit from the original sound - so a country-tinged tribute to Paul McCartney's music has possibilities.

Happily, a few of the songs do offer new interpretations, venturing into bluesy country (Phil Vassar's "Lady Madonna") and country rock (Nikki Shannon Fernandez's "I Saw Her Standing There"). A bit of country twang also enlivens Jordyn Shellhart's beautiful "I Will" and Chuck Wicks' wonderful "No More Lonely Nights" - both songs that could've otherwise come off too saccharine. The only letdown is Heart of the Country - the original certainly has its fair share of whimsy, but Jeff Daniel's rendition is just overly goofy.

"Let Us In" is a fun and breezy effort that will please a wide variety of listeners and nicely mixes well- and lesser-known McCartney tunes. None of the songs are going to replace the original versions, but the album is a respectful tribute to one of music's important love stories.




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