Oct 312011

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

When Bruce Springsteen began to construct and record the songs that would make up his third album in early 1974, he knew the pressure was on. Following two critically-acclaimed but low-selling records, he had to produce a masterpiece or risk his career being over before he even got to make his impact on the world of pop music. Little did anyone, even Bruce himself, know at the time just what was stirring in his head, aching to get out: an 8-song magnum opus that stands almost unparalleled in the annals of rock. It’s one of the only records to earn a 10.0 rating from Pitchfork, and at least one critic has heralded its title track the greatest song ever written. We’re talking, of course, about Born to Run. Continue reading »

Jun 242010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

If you’re reading this in Europe, I probably don’t need to tell you about Amy MacDonald. Her debut album This Is the Life sold three million copies, hitting number one on the European charts. Stateside though it couldn’t even manage 50,000 and peaked at #92. The Scottish songwriter with the gorgeous lilt can’t quite seem to break in America. Come on people; you accepted Susan Boyle!

Released in March, A Curious Thing is getting a similar reception. Perhaps if people knew about the hidden bonus track things would be different. After all, there’s no singer more American than Bruce Springsteen (ok, maybe Kid Rock). Maybe people haven’t yet recovered from his Born in the U.S.A.-era media explosion. Still, MacDonald’s cover of “Dancing in the Dark” overcomes the stigma even of that awful Courtney Cox video. It’s a live take, just her and an acoustic guitar. As with much of her work, the voice makes it.
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