Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. Her legacy speaks for itself: 18 Grammy Awards, the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the creator of one of the greatest covers of all time with her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” At age 72, and despite recent health issues, she’s still an amazing vocalist. So anticipation for her first album in 3 years, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics due out October 21st, is understandably high. The album will cover classics by Etta James, The Supremes, and Gladys Night, as well as newer tracks by Alicia Keys and the first released single, Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.”
Few musicians (if any) have re-defined the technique of their instrument the way Jake Shimabukuro has with his revolutionary ukulele arrangements. He introduced himself to the world when his technically-ambitious reworking of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” hit YouTube in 2006, and he has continued to release a steady stream of equally impressive covers and originals since. Inspired by Adele‘s Grammy sweep, Jake recently brought his unique style to her massive single “Rolling In The Deep,” which he performed recently in an exclusive for Perez Hilton’s website.
As catchy as Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” is, most people cannot but cringe a bit when they hear the inescapable tune on the radio for the third time in one hour. Even here at Cover Me, we have heard everyone from Patti Smith to Linkin Park put their own spin on it. Fortunately, Philadelphia’s Work Drugs blend the Top 40 juggernaut into their self-described “smooth-fi” sound, making it nearly unrecognizable.
Nu-metal titans Linkin Park take a lot of flack, most of it entirely deserved. When we saw they covered Adele’s breakout smash “Rolling in the Deep” at London’s iTunes Festival over the weekend, we got ready to laugh. Would it be a rap-rock atrocity? A techno-laced shredder? None of the above. In fact, it’s what we expected least of all: good.
Since the release of Adele‘s album 21 in February, hundreds, if not thousands, of covers have been released. While most of them haven’t come close to capturing the raw emotion of Adele’s tracks, there have been some interesting takes on her tracks of heartbreak and betrayal (one of my favorites has been Jamie Woon’s “Someone Like You”). Now Jackson Harris has released his take of a lover scorned by releasing a video of Adele’s smash ‘Rolling in the Deep’.