Dec 162011

Though there are hundreds of songs in Bruce Springsteen‘s catalog, only a few have been covered more frequently than Born in the USA single “I’m on Fire.” Artists including The Avett Brothers, Bat for Lashes, and Johnny Cash have put their spin on The Boss’ classic track. The latest cover version comes from Chicago five-piece A Lull.

“I’m on Fire” has always been a standout on Born in the USA because it’s arguably the album’s simplest track, lacking the bombast of the title song and “Dancing in the Dark.” A Lull imagines it on a far grander scale, stretching their cover to over a minute longer than the concise original and trading out the insistent backbeat for dramatic bursts of percussion and echoing vocals. Their take is a significant departure from Springsteen’s raspy, yearning original, yet its chilly electronic spaces capture the same loneliness.

MP3: A Lull – I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)

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