Her personal greatest hits – for her 2020 album … but I’d rather be with you Molly Tuttle is taking a trip through her favorite songs and songs which influenced her. This cover album, which is her third solo studio album overall, has been released on 28th August 2020.
Molly Tuttle – About The Artist
Molly Rose tuttle was born on 14th January 1993 in Santa Clara County in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Her key genre in the country music world is Bluegrass, which was also the favorite genre of her father. She shared stage with him already in early childhood years and also had a family band, The Tuttles. Her first album was The Old Apple Tree, which she recorded with her father in 2007 already. There are numerous collaborations in the 2010’s, the most prominent is likely the band The Goodbye Girls, which released two albums. Moving to Nashville, a crowdfunding campaign lead to her debut EP Rise in 2017, which made it to the second spot in the US Bluegrass charts. Her second album was When You’re Ready, released in April 2019, which was fifth-placed in the US Heat charts.
Molly Tuttle – … but I’d rather be with you – Track by Track
The ten song album lasts 39 minutes.
1. Fake Empire
The album starts so great – if you compare the deep atmosphere of Fake Empire by The National, this interpretation feels so different, but also so good. It does not feel like a cover, but like a Molly Tuttle one. Very promising beginning of this selection of ten songs.
2. She’s a Rainbow
Molly Tuttle is having quite some big names of the music business on her list for her album – the second track is already a Rolling Stones cover. It is really cool how she transformed the track to her world,
3. A Little Lost
This song has been written originally by Arthur Russell. I have to admit that I did not know the original – but again Molly Tuttle did her own song out of that, compared to the interpretation of this song I found. Still, I am not that enthusiastic about this song compared to the two ones at the beginning.
4. Something on Your Mind
Something on Your Mind, originally written and performed by the Oklahoma folk singer Karen Dalton, again receives its very own style: very slow, just as like country singers would like to get as close to acts like Enya they can get with their instrumentation. That is cool, indeed.
5. Mirrored Heart
I would state that this FKA Twigs cover is maybe comparably close to the original. “Comparably” relates to other re-interpretations here. It is still a new sound, it is still a Tuttle. However, the sound is also not too far away from the previous tracks of the album.
6. Olympia, WA
Tracks like Olympia, WA, originally performed by the punk rockers Rancid, are the ones which I was looking forward most to. The track has much more power in the Tuttle world, compared to the tracks before, but turning the song to a good-sounding acoustic guitar duet is just genius. Very well done.
7. Standing on the Moon
Next cover: The Grateful Dead. The original song was not the Dead’s most rocking and powerful song as well, but again, the transformation is working so well – could you ever imagine that the Grateful Dead could be in something like a country song? Makes me smile, definitely!
I have to admit that I do not know the original by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – but the Molly Tuttle has a lot of speed and power and is thus a lot of fun.
9. Sunflower, Vol. 6
Two big names. When I already look at the final track, there is a Cat Stevens one – but first of all, we got a cover of a Harry Styles song. Tuttle creates a very intimate song out of it. I like the original, but this one definitely has a nice touch as well.
10. How Can I Tell You
This one is maybe one of the biggest challenges, as the Yusuf / Cat Stevens world is not too far away from the Molly Tuttle world, regarding the style of music. Thus, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this final track. It does not add too much to the original.
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Molly Tuttle went for a tough task: Big names, different genres – cover albums are not necessarily low hanging fruits. If you do not invest in the tracks correctly, it is just collection of cheap and unworthy bootlegs. … but I’d rather be with you does not feature a single song I would say that about. Sometimes it is a huge step, sometimes (too?) small to bring her idols’ songs over to her world of music. But it works. I feel that some critics will celebrate it even more than I do – I just see some weakness here and there. Overall, of course, the album is a success!
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