I have posted on Hem before…hell, not even a month ago, but this album deserves a little extra push, especially for those of you into the twangy-alt.country side of the A.D. blog.
When I originally posted their cover of R.E.M.’s So. Central Rain, I was just getting my feet wet with the album as a whole. Here was the gist: Brooklyn country-politan collective, HEM, have just released their third album entitled No Word From Tom. This album is a collection of live recordings, b-sides, demos, covers and rarities…including this fantastic take of So. Central Rain. Slowed down and twanged up. While not as engaging as the original, it is a fine tribute.” It’s all that and more.
Now, three weeks later, I have to direct your attention to another carefully crafted cover off No Word From Tom — Hem’s take on “Rainy Night in Georgia.” Yeah, it rains a lot in the South.