Baez - Play
Me Backwards 7
essence of a successful Baez album is to mix her own songs with
covers by new talent and in Play Me Backwards Baez takes
tracks from some of America's brighter songwriters and makes them
her own thanks to that remarkable voice. This is definitely an
upbeat album with excellent songs from Janis Ian (Amsterdam), Mary
Chapin Carpenter (Stones in the Road), John Stewart (Strange
Rivers) and John Hiatt (Through Your Hands). Baez has had at least
a hand in writing the other tracks with the album opening with the
confessional title track that says so much in the opening lines
"You don't have to play me backwards To get the meaning of my verse."
Other pieces like "The Dream Song" give this album a
distinctly contemporary feel to it.