Fox Capture Plan has quickly built a following in their native Japan with their refreshing blend of jazz and post-rock.
Cover albums are generally not meant to be taken too seriously. They exist for either pure fun or homage to other artists. And for Fox Capture Plan’s Covermind, that’s exactly what it is: a fun, energetic album full of influential 90’s alternative and metal hits.
Fox Capture Plan has quickly built a following in their native Japan with their refreshing blend of jazz and post-rock. When their latest EP, Underground, hit the shelves this last Spring, it was impossible to enter Tower Records in Tokyo without hearing the album over the speakers. Coming off the energy from that successful release, Fox Capture Plan quickly jumped at the chance to release a covers album.
Covers have always been a trend for the trio, usually releasing one cover per album. In Covermind, they’ve collected those earlier covers along with a ten new ones. The four returning covers are “Wonderwall” from their first album, trinity, “Teardrop” from Bridge, “Paranoid Android” from Wall and “Tonight, Tonight” from Underground. These four songs make up some of the strongest covers on the album, which is a bit disappointing since we’ve already seen them.
Single, “Born Slippy,” best blends Fox Capture Plan’s musical aesthetics, while still being true to the original.
Luckily, the album finds its most interesting cover in the single, “Born Slippy”, a cover of Underworld’s “Born Slippy (Nuxx),” made famous on the Trainspotting soundtrack. This cover best blends Fox Capture Plan’s musical aesthetics, while still being true to the original. Covers of Tool’s “Stinkfist” and Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” pushed Fox Capture Plan to experiment with their sound to be able to capture the heavy, discomforting feel of the source material.
Not every song on the album was a success. Fox Capture Plan’s covers of Green Day’s “Basketcase” and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” are both far too literal of the original work, with Ryo Kishimoto’s piano simply taking the place of the vocals. Since both original songs are exceedingly pop influenced, these two covers do not fit well into the overall creative theme of Fox Capture Plan. The covers seem forced and remain uninteresting, or even annoying, beyond an initial listen.
The remainder of the album contains solid covers from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Oasis, and Natalie Merchant. These tracks are enjoyable but just do not make it up to the level of “Born Slippy” and the previous releases. Overall, Covermind successfully pays tribute to the era of music that most likely influenced these musicians and leaves fans looking forward to their next original release. (7.3/10)
For foreign fans, the album is released on Spotify and iTunes. Physical copies can be purchased through online retailers.
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