Caissie Levy, who was wonderful in Hair and Ghost, has released her debut solo album, With You, which consists of indie-rock arrangements of songs from her iconic shows. What’s so wonderful about With You is that it demonstrates the power of a good cover. A good cover allows you to hear a song you know for the first time again, and in that “first” listen you get to discover the song’s beauty anew. Levy succeeds in this objective, bringing new depth to songs I’ve listened to thousands of times (like Hair’s “Walking in Space”) and beautiful vocal arrangements and nuances to others (like Rent’s “Without You,” which has a bit of the devastating “With You,” from Ghost, mixed in). Brava, Caissie Levy!
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