Jeff Buckley reinvigorated the singer-songwriter genre in 1994 with the release of his seminal debut album Grace. Since his tragic death three years later, his estate -- namely his mother, Mary Guibert -- has done much damage to his legacy by releasing reams of sub-standard work.
Even the most cloth-eared among us wouldn't equate Eva Cassidy's sentimental songs to Buckley's compositional gifts. But her reputation is also being sullied by family members keen to unleash yet more "undiscovered" material.
Cassidy became something of a sensation in 2000, four years after her death from cancer when Terry Wogan championed her songs. Now, unfortunately, no Eva Cassidy recording is likely to escape exposure of some kind.
The latest in a long list of posthumous Cassidy albums is Simply Eva, which, according to the bumf, "focuses entirely on Eva's voice, with only the backing of her acoustic guitar". In other words, almost identical to the songs you may already know.
"Simply Eva is the album Eva's admirers have been waiting for," say her parents Hugh and Barbara. Really?
Aficionados hoping to see them on tour to promote the album may be disappointed, however, with manager Bertis Downs suggesting they won't go on the road this time. Previously, Michael Stipe and co refused to tour their two best-selling albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People. Their Monster tour in 1995 marked the first globe-trot in six years.
Collapse Into Now features guests including Eddie Vedder, Peaches and Patti Smith (appearing on an REM album for the second time). Once again, they have used the services of Dublin producer Gareth "Jacknife" Lee.
Established in 1978 while the ashes of The Sex Pistols were still smouldering, PIL were among the most influential bands of the post-punk era. Their "future-sound" can be heard in the music of LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture today.
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