First up, most Americans will have no idea who The Bluetones were, unless you happened to pick up that beyond essential Brit Box: UK Indie Shoegaze & Brit Pop Gems box set Rhino offered up in 2007. For the record, the Mark Morriss-led UK indie-pop quartet were around for the better part of the ’90s and ’00s, then split in 2011, only to announce a reunion tour this past spring.

Anyway, the point in all this is that Morriss quietly released a solo album full of hand-picked covers on July 31, and his synthy rendition of Madonna’s 1984 Like A Virgin hit “Angel” and bluesy overhaul of Pet Shop Boys“Love Comes Quickly,”originally released as the second single off the duo’s 1986 debut LP Please, are beautifully done.

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