What do you do with an old Scottish folk ballad that has been covered dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the past several decades? You either stay the course and get lost in the crowd or change something up so that the song sounds different and new, opening up a chance for rediscovery.
Bruce Springsteen is famous for many things, chief among which is the sheer epic-ness of his live shows with the E Street Band (and, now, new addition Tom Morello). “Epic” may be a massively overused word, but it applies to Bruce. One of the best things, especially for cover fans, is that he seems to love performing other artists’ music as much as his own. And that’s what has landed us with this latest news – the Boss adding the classic INXS single ”Don’t Change” to his live repertoire for the first time ever.
“Suzanne” has been covered many, many times since Judy Collins released her version of Leonard Cohen’s song in 1966. (For a couple of examples, go here and here.) What’s interesting about the recent cover by NO is it sounds like the way Leonard Cohen might record the song today if he was approaching “Suzanne” for the first time.
Valentine’s Day is a contentious holiday for many, but the Starbucks “Sweetheart 2014″ compilation has made it more palpable with some fantastic covers. Sitting amongst this chocolate box of covers (which also includes morsels like Vampire Weekend covering Andrea Bocelli’s “Con Te Partiro”) is a cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” done exquisitely by Ben Harper. Giving the wistful tune a simple stripped down treatment, Ben’s airy, slow vocals and piano accompaniment are perfect for Valentine’s Day lovers AND haters. Check it out below.
Karen Marie Ørsted, better known as Mø, is a Danish singer that caught the attention of the music blogosphere with her debut single and video for her song “Glass.” She has since been working on her debut album, No Mythologies To Follow, which will be released Stateside on February 24th.
The name Nadia Ali may not sound familiar to you, but the electronic singer has been a huge part of the EDM dance scene since the early 2000s. Starting as the lead singer of iiO, Ali has made her mark on the club scene and continues to do so with a blossoming solo career that will far extend the reach of clubgoers. Need proof? Check out this cover of The Police‘s “Roxanne.”
Beyonce has been a non-stop machine ever since the release of her surprise visual album back in December. At the Grammys, she performed “Drunk in Love” with husband Jay-Z and pretty much everyone lost it. Angel Haze, who we have seen show off her vocal range with covers of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” steps up her MC game with this cover of the infectious hit.