Coeur de Pirate’s Béatrice Martin has become increasingly known for her stripped down covers of other musicians’ songs. Her minimalist approach to this form has been best exemplified in her staggering cover of The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games.” And given her past success, it is little surprise that a full blown covers album has now been released.
Trauma is expectantly stripped down, leaving the focus primarily on her enchanting vocal ability and deft touch on the piano. Opening with Bill Withers’ immortal “Ain’t No Sunshine,” the album gets off to an immediate great start. From there the record follows an eclectic trail, ranging from the modern likes of Patrick Watson, The National and Bon Iver to such classic musicians as Kenny Rogers, Nancy Sinatra and Wayne Cochran (or in the case of Cochran’s “Last Kiss”, more famously, Pearl Jam).
There are no misses on Trauma, but certainly a few highlights can be gleaned out of an all-around stellar effort. Kate and Anna McGarrigie’s “Heartbeats Accelerating” and Bon Iver’s “Flume” certainly leave their mark, but it is The National’s “Slow Show” that steals this show. The tension she is able to create is stunning, leaving a masterful version of an already fantastic song, and a feather in the cap of a great musical effort.
For a track by track analysis of the record by Coeur de Pirate herself, check out CBC Music’s article here.