The Music Korner May 2003

The Jigsaw Seen - Songs Mama Used To Sing


Following 2000’s Zenith and last year’s live disc, The Jigsaw Seen is back with a new disc of covers (5 newly recorded cuts and 5 that have previously appeared on various compilation discs).  While the influence of many of the artists covered can be hear in the lush, psychedelic sounds of The Jigsaw Seen (The Bee Gees, The Hollies, The Left Banke, Arthur Lee, The Kinks), others are less obvious.  These include their haunting take on The Yardbirds “Still I’m Sad”, an awesome version of The Who’s “Tattoo” (actually sounding like early Kinks here) and their heavy, feedback-drenched cover of Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk”. Songs Mama Used To Sing finds The Jigsaw Seen at their finest once again as they take these influential tunes and make them their own in their own unique way.  - Geoff Melton