CD: Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby’s “Two-Way Family Favourites”

Two Way Family Favourites(Southern Domestic Recordings, 2010):

It might be tempting to think that after just one collaborative album, the unlikely couple of Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have run dry creatively. I mean, why else would they record an entire album of cover tunes for their sophomore outing?

Well, because they obviously love these songs, that’s why. And that comes through loud and clear on this charming, heartfelt disc.

If there’s any doubt that these are a pair of quirky music fans, just look at their selections:

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A chiming, clave-laden stroll through the Flamin Groovies’ “You Tore Me Down”

Rigby renders straight-up, un-ironic, heart-on-her-sleeve versions of Jackie DeShannon’s gem, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and ABBA’s “Fernando.”

An oh-so-short (and oh-so-sweet) mash-up of the traditional “Loch Lomond” with a bit of Bay City Rollers on “Scotland Then & Now”

A rumbling, lo-fi rendition of Smokie’s 1976 hit, “Living Next Door to Alice”

And nodding to his old Stiff Records labelmates, Wreckless Eric revives Plummet Airlines’ “Silver Shirt,” as a farewell, sing-along eulogy to close out the album.

There’s more here – dips into the song bags of the Who, Tom Petty, the Beach Boys, the Byrds – all of which is worthwhile, and much of which is revelatory.

Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby make a tourstop at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday. Tix are $10. Don’t miss it.

AND…there’s still time to enter to win FREE TIX to the show. Just go here.

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