Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cover Me: This is Going to be Random

A great cover song can make a huge difference in how you view a song.  Nirvana's cover of "The Man Who Sold the World," will always make me re-envision the David Bowie original.  Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" added so much more heft, considering that it was one of his last songs that came out before he passed away.  "Smooth Criminal," originally my Michael Jackson, got new life in the Alien Ant Farm version.  And does anyone even remember Prince wrote "Nothing Compares to You," the song that Sinead O'Connor so famously nailed with her huge jump in octave every chorus?
So when you discover that someone has made a delightful techno-ish, video game-inspired album of covers of the Beatles, I was pretty delighted.  "Tomorrow Never Knows" has some great vocal work on it.  The marching aspect at the beginning of minusbaby's "Flying [El Barrio remix]" is great fun.  Psilodump's "All You Need is Love" has this genius beat behind it too.  The Depreciation Guild's "Because" sounds surprisingly similar to the original, but it could be easily argued that you can't improve on something like that.  The only thing I'm not so sure about is how "Paperback Writer" is slightly uptempo.  It sounds a little too hurried.  Even so, something tells me that robots all over, from Robbie to to Wall-E to R2D2, approve. 

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