How often are you legitimately excited to listen to a new record?
I am always very happy to have a new record in my collection and I find great joy in listening to them, but rarely am I giddy to get a record open and on my turntable ASAP.
This record caused that feeling in me. I absolutely could not wait to hear it.
Full disclosure: I am a huge Elvis fan; I have his face tattooed on my arm and I have Elvis artwork hanging in my house.
I just want to be clear about the fact that my views on this record might be a little slanted.
Cover songs always intrigue me. I am interested to hear an artist’s interpretation of songs that inspired them, speak to them, or have meaning in their life.
And Glenn Danzig makes an interesting point in the liner notes: full albums of cover songs used to be much more prevalent.
Even if you didn’t know that Glenn Danzig has gone on record as being a huge Elvis fan, you can hear the respect he has for the music on this record. Danzig Sings Elvis is not an impersonator’s album and it is not some famous singer trying to be the reincarnation of Elvis.
The majority of the record is very stripped down with minimal instruments. It is built in the same way as Elvis’ Sun Records recordings with a lot of the haunting echo effect from the early RCA recordings.
Vocally, Danzig’s voice is strong. Danzig Sings Elvis showcases just how much influence The King had on Glenn Danzig’s style. And it makes me wish that Elvis was still alive and could give us his version of Danzig’s Mother.
Portions of this record are fantastically haunting. Danzig puts a lot of raw emotion into the music. And having the two heart-wrenching songs Always on My Mind and Loving Arms back to back no-shit brought tears to my eyes.
Danzig Sings Elvis is most definitely a passion project from a superfan, but that does not mean that it is bad by any means. This record is punk rock royalty paying tribute to his greatest influence, which happens to be The King of Rock n Roll.
I love this album. I love how it sounds and I love what it stands for.
My favorite track: When It Rains It Really Pours