Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” is a heart wrenching tune – a slow, meandering, soulful eight minutes and twenty seven seconds of gritty Bruce to tug at your heartstrings. Recently, Glen Hansard covered this song, using his trademark impassioned vocals to try and work up to Bruce’s level of intensity. It’s a fantastic cover (with an Eddie Vedder appearance to boot), and on its heels comes yet another emotionally driven cover of the tune.
This time Sharon Van Etten takes the reigns, but knowing that it’s probably near impossible to invoke Bruce’s growling melancholic vocals, Sharon takes a different approach by making her cover wistful and subdued. Keeping it simple with just her piano and her vocals as the only instrumentation, she uses her voice to capture the sad essence of the song by playing up the heartbreaking tone. Check it out below.