JESSE MALIN - On Your Sleeve


(One Little Indian)
Countrified goodness born of hardcore roots.
This release from the former Heart Attack/ D Generation frontman turned country troubadour is beautifully crafted. The fragility of Malin's voice is backed by an assured production and great musicians. 'On Your Sleeve' is a covers album but this guy makes songs his own. These honest interpretations of classics and new songs alike make for captivating listening. A surprisingly good cover of The Hold Steady's 'You Can Make Them Like You' highlights how he can capture the essence of a song but interpret it in a fresh way. It's easy to get caught up in the ride because this nostalgia trip is so varied and sweet-sounding. He's literally wearing his influences on his sleeve.
Sarah Maynard

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