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.
After Beyonce unveiled a nearly perfect visual album a few weeks ago out of thin air, it is surprising that not many artists have attempted to cover some of the new bumpin’ tracks. Maybe artists are afraid to touch something so immaculate. Or maybe they just have to build their way up, starting first with some oldschool Beyonce and then working up to songs like “Blow” and “Partition.” For Brighton duo IYES, this seems to be the case with their take on “Crazy In Love.”
Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.
Today marks the debut of a new feature at Cover Me, called Cover Me Q&A. We’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).
For our first Cover Me Q&A question, we thought we’d pick one both basic and complex, too easy and too hard, that anyone who regularly visits this site has more than likely contemplated: What’s your favorite cover song? Here are our answers; we welcome yours in the comments section below…
Adele dominated the cover song landscape in 2011, but Two-Aught-Twelve saw no similar galvanizing figure. Yes Lana Del Rey got covered a lot, but Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire also seemed to garner an unexpected landslide of great covers (and speaking of landslides, so did Fleetwood Mac). “Call Me Maybe” was a huge hit that didn’t lead to much in the way of classic covers, and few seem to have even bothered attempting the Korean raps on “Gangnam Style.”
Which means that cover songs in 2012 were more diverse, ambitious, and left-field than ever before. A given YouTube search or Hype Machine browse would be as likely to turn up forgotten hits or underappreciated songwriters as it would the latest Top 40 smash. Find a sampling of all the diversity in Cover Me’s official Best Cover Songs of 2012 countdown. Start with #40-31 on the next page, and check back daily as we’ll be adding more til we hit #1.
Los Angeles singer LP has a voice that would make Adele blush. She hasn’t yet recorded an album, but her slow-burn indie rock cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo” indicates you’ll be hearing a lot more about her when she does. Though a skinny white girl who looks like Jim Morrison, LP has pipes B. herself would kill for.