Grammy Award winners Halestorm have for us their ‘Reanimate 2.0 – The Covers EP’. Not all of the featured covers are predictable, and they each have their Halestorm stamp on them. The band are well known for their rigourous touring, often playing over 250 shows a year, and this has led to their fanbase becoming more extensive and more dedicated. However, there’s still something a little bit displeasing about this band and their EP.
Firstly, it’s a nice gesture to release an EP of covers to give the fans something before their third album, which they hope to release by the end of the year, and it’s interesting to see their take on songs such as Judas Priest‘s ‘Dissident Aggressor’. However, unfortunately ‘interesting’ is about as far as it goes. All they’ve done here is taken these songs and play them as if they were their own songs which, although is how covers should be done, it doesn’t mean the covers have all come out to be an enjoyable listen. A little part of you just feels that Daft Punk‘s hit ‘Get Lucky’ wasn’t ever supposed to be Halestorm-ed.
Lzzy Hale‘s distinctive voice is raspy and powerful. However, it’s definitely an acquired taste, and at times can be quite hard to take. That being said, in ‘Hell Is For Children’ (originally by Pat Benatar), her vocals are at their most impressive (as far as this EP goes).
Out of the six songs on the EP, there are two songs that are the most bearable, and relatively enjoyable; the aforementioned ‘Hell Is For Children’ and a reworking of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Gold Dust Woman’. On these two, the band show a different side to them. It feels natural and it seems that for once they aren’t trying too hard. There’s also a sense of emotion on these two tracks, not just blind covers.
All in all, the EP has to be given credit for being slightly experimental and fair play to the band for trying something like this. Their fans will probably appreicate it. However, it’s a little bit hit and miss at times.
Written by Orla Conway
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