- 12 Nov 21
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in Reflective Mood
PJ Harvey said of her track ‘The Desperate Kingdom Of Love’, covered magnificently on Imposter, “I know that song has nothing to do with me, that’s just a song that was maybe a 100 years old already.”
It’s a relevant point when considering Dave Gahan’s reimagining of the 12 tunes on Imposter, all meticulously chosen in reflection of his life. In completing such an exercise, most of us create a Spotify playlist. Gahan, no ordinary human, reimagines them through his extraordinary voice, with a 10-member band at the legendary Shangri-La studio in Malibu.
‘I Held My Baby Last Night’ is audacious, in that it is Elvis doing Elmore James. Filled with anguish – but also rotten delight – the delivery is delicious, as dirty guitar and screeching Hammond swoop over Gahan’s whooping and hollering. He comes at Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine’ in a radical way; indeed, many may pause momentarily to recall the original, a rarity when covering material from Grace.
‘Man Needs A Maid’, meanwhile, feels more lived-in than the Neil Young original. Listening to ‘Strange Religion’, you appreciate anew the excellence of Mark Lanegan’s Bubblegum. Elsewhere, on Gene Clark’s ‘Where My Love Lies Asleep’ and Roland S Howard’s ‘Shut Me Down’, Gahan sticks close to the originals. Overall, though, Imposter makes for a compelling listen.
Listen: ‘Metal Heart’
Imposter is out now via Columbia.