I’ve got to keep this blog from being entirely about video games, right?
So, I bought another Ninja Sex Party album. It’s called Under The Covers, and it is, appropriately, a cover album.
I’d say that it’s split about evenly between songs I know really well, and songs that I’d never heard before. On one hand, you’ve got age-old favourites like “Take On Me” and “Jump.” And there are two Rush songs. Two! That’s so cool! Then there’s stuff I’d never heard, like “The Burning Down” by King’s X. Probably my favourite track on the album, in fact, is the cover of “We Close Our Eyes” by Oingo Boingo, which I had absolutely no familiarity with before this album.
I swear to you that I’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” in my life, but I knew deep in my heart that it was a Michael Jackson song the first time I played it.
Anyway, I think it’s pretty solid as far as cover albums go. I can’t deny that I just love Danny’s voice, but they also make some interesting changes to each song. Like the bass solo in “We Close Our Eyes” that I love more and more every time I listen to it, or adding a piano to “Wish You Were Here.” I don’t feel that they really go so far as to make any of the songs their own, but that’s alright. The point of the album is to pay tribute to the bands that NSP loves, not to make a name for themselves through these covers.
The thing that really makes this album stand out (for better or for worse) is that in a way, it’s not really an NSP album. Their usual thing is comedic lyrics with fun electronic pop music. This is… it’s like the complete opposite. It’s still a lot of fun, but it just doesn’t feel like NSP at all. Not a single swear. Not a single explicit reference to sex. No Danny singing about his junk. These aren’t bad qualities, but like I keep saying: it’s not really NSP.
Regardless, I love this album and listen to it constantly. I don’t know how many times I’ve been sitting at my computer and go to play one song and then end up listening to the whole album. It’s great, and I would absolutely force my loved ones to listen to it if I had any avenue to do so.