Kathleen Edwards has covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch” live a number of times, usually with the assistance of Jenn Grant, a frequent touring companion. The online YouTube versions are okay, but suffer from less than stellar performances or shaky recording. Apparently, that almost perfect performance has been tucked away in the record vaults. Edwards recently decided to share it with her fans via a Facebook post.
For the most part, it’s a simple, spare recording that serves the song well. At her best and in her comfort zone, Edwards’ vocals convey the intimacy of the lyrics effectively. The bridge gets shimmery with studio effects like some of the songs on Voyageur, but the track soon returns to basics. She is assisted by a male “guest vocalist,” and, no, it’s not the Boss.
Keep up with Kathleen Edwards at her website.