Nina Simone is, in so many words, fragmented. The gentle curl of her effortlessly wounded, yet succinctly powerful voice is as profoundly endless as her lengthy catalog. Even short-sighted knowledge of Simone will find her at the forefront of jazz vocalist movement in the '60s, despite her evocative off-center singing style. Perhaps no artist is better attached to the movement than Simone simply because few others could ever tow the lines between the genre's indiscriminate beauty and broken reality. She sounded like jazz; emotive, curious, flinging with guttural sadness and hushed beauty.

Because of that, its easy to see why Jamie Stewart, better known as the figure-head of experimental outfit Xiu Xiu, would be so fond of her work. His efforts, which can also be described at comical lengths, is terrifyingly fragmented. But the prospect of Stewart simply adopting Simone's approach was probably not in the cards for Nina.

While Stewart does fairly well keeping the jazz behind the voice riveting and on point, his ultra-hushed vocals often sours the approach. The terrific instrumentals power throughout the album, becoming all the more intriguing when the original material becomes more intricate to adapt. Perhaps no track compliments the original composition more than 'See Line Woman' while still becoming something totally its own under Stewart. Horns and a looping guitar ebb in, becoming frantic with Stewart's trembling verses. Clashing screeches - something of a Xiu Xiu staple - flow through, without drowning the piece. But while this remains one of Nina's most exciting adaptations, the rest of the album becomes much more of a trial.

The opening track 'Don't Smoke In Bed', for one, comes in completely unguarded. The gentle jazz intro steeps in and then, all of a sudden, Stewart is in your ear shushing sweet quiet yells. And as far as openers go, few ever test your resilient patience more than that.

Still, Nina shines because Stewart, for all his notoriously avant-garde techniques, really seems to cherish Simone's work. He rips his heart and throat out for her, even if no one else is really asking. But in the end, it ends up being a work for Xiu Xiu fans, rather than Simone ones.