This four-song release compiles the Spanish-language versions of Nelly Furtado’s hits “Try,” “All Good Things (Come to an End),” and “En Las Manos de Dios.” The original English-language version of the single “In God’s Hands,” with its guest spot from Keith Urban, is also included. With the growing crossover between Latin and North American pop, this limited edition set is a welcome addition, and will come as a special treat for Spanish speakers who already dig the English-language versions of Furtado’s frothy dance-pop hits.
Denver-based cabaret/Gypsy/indie rock collective DeVotchKa's collection of four covers, a traditional piece and one new original puts to shame many artists who have tried to bridge the gap between full-length albums in the past with a hastily thrown together EP. In between a languid and lush version of "I Cried Like a Silly Boy" by Ted Thacker, and a frenzied, South of the Border carnival jam called "Zopilote Mojado," DeVotchKa manages to turn Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Last Beat of My Heart" into the anthem at the end of the world and the Velvet Underground's oft-covered "Venus in Furs" into the best 16 Horsepower song ever stuck to tape. Even the two weakest cuts, a breezy version of the Frank Sinatra standard "Something Stupid" and the dervish-like title track warrant repeated listens, making this little transient jukebox one of the best kept secrets of 2006.
Georgia native Craig Campbell doesn't mess with the formula too much on his second album, Never Regret, throwing in a honky tonk Friday night drinking tune or two, a ballad or two about love and love not working out, and a double-entendre song ("Topless" -- ostensibly about driving a car with the top down), and all of it rides on his smooth-as-honey tenor baritone singing. Fans of his first album will find that this one matches up nicely.