23 May, 2011

Cover Me

I am a huge music fan. Like, seriously, mega huge. But. When it comes to cover songs, I could pretty much take 'em or leave 'em. All to often, I find them bringing nothing new to the table. Just re-hashings of perfectly listenable songs in their original form (the recent onslaught of sing-song voiced girls-with-guitars covering The Cure comes to mind).

Of course, every now and again, somebody comes along with a version that completely transcends the original, like Sinead O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares To You", or Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah". And  these two fabulously wonderful, blue grassy Radiohead covers:

Gillian Welch has the ability to pretty much turn everything she sings into pure perfection. This is no exception.

I first heard Sarah Jarosz's incredible version of "The Tourist" on my car radio, and was smitten from note one. It was a stay-in-the-car-until-it's-over moment. And it's been in constant rotation on my iPod since.

Happy listening, Dear Readers. I hope the week ahead holds for you many delights to be enjoyed in new and exciting ways!


Mom2MemphisAndRuby said...

Have you seen this cover of Adele's "Someone Like You"?



Vivian said...

Gillian Welch can do no wrong. I love her voice!

Kristin H said...

Thanks for the Sarah Jarosz tip. I am going to download her now:)

Sister Golden Air said...


Talking about bluegrass ladies doing covers.... I saw Alison Krauss and Robert Plant live a few years ago, and on all the Led Zeppelin songs she stole the show. Especially on Battle for Evermore. I have tried to find a good live version on YouTube, but can't. They should definitely release a dvd from that show.

Hilary Grace said...

You should listen to The Books and Jose Gonzalez cover Nick Drake's "Cello Song". I truly prefer it to the orig, sorry Drake. Also I really like James Blake covering Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You".

Thanks for sharing those two..now listen to mine and tell me what you think!