June 21, 2010
Pegi Young may not be as well-known as her husband Neil Young, but just like him, she has a talent for writing and performing good music. “Foul Deeds” offers a mix of original songs and well-chosen cover songs.
The album opens with a Will Jennings cover, Pleasing To Me. Young’s vocals have a somewhat gravely, lived-through characteristic that fit this song very well. And in a matter of speaking, that might just be one of Young’s best qualities. She knows exactly what to do vocally to bring out the best parts of the songs.
Other covers on the album are Lucinda Williams’ Side of the Road (which I would definitely mark as a highlight, in the way Young brings these lyrics to life), a brilliant rendition of Devendra Banhart’s Body Breaks as well as Blue Sunday, which was penned by Bill Boatman.
And while Pegi Young has a remarkable way of making these songs sound like they are her own…