Though Led Zeppelin released their last album 20 years ago this year, covers of the band’s songs never stop. You may recall the recent, and well publicized, release of Trent Reznor and Karen O’s “Immigrant Song” cover. It spectacularly transformed a mythology-infused rocker into a gothic-industrial assault. Now, less well-known French artist Alice Michel has covered “Whole Lotta Love.”
The original song is flirtatious, sexual, and playfully dangerous. Robert Plant woos listeners, appealing to hedonism and visceral sensations. But with Alice Michel’s cover, the song becomes more like a serious demand for love. With her soulful and confident vocals only backed by a cello and piano, the song sounds ominous, making Michel out to be the type of lover you do not cross lest you want trouble. Download it below.
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