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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

When a Favorite Covers a Favorite

It doesn't happen very often -- one of your favorite artists covering a track by another one, but I've heard one of thes performances recently. On the new Starbucks CD, M. Ward does a version of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." He's stripped away all the keys and turned it into an alt-country version, highlighted by the steel guitar playing. Musically, it's not much, but it really brings out the power in Ward's voice. It's a solid rendition, and reveals how good a pop song the original is (if a bit goofy due to the production).

The disc, much as I hate to admit it, looks good, and I've heard a fair amount of it (alas, no mp3s to share). Two other highlights for me: Calexico does "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Neko Case does "Buckets of Rain."

On a related note, one other cover is getting some recent attention, Marianne Faithfull's version of PJ Harvey's "No Child of Mine." While I don't think the album deserves quite the excitement it's generating, this track is wonderful (for the record, Harvey helped out with it). For the next week, you can take a listen here:

No Child of Mine

5 Comments:

Blogger RahX said...

I really love cover songs, probably a bit too much :D

2:49 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Me, too, when they're done well. Doing a cover can really be a disaster, though, if it's a misfire.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

To be fair, Faithfull's "No Child Of Mine" isn't really a cover, considering the differences between the two. But yeah, amazing song. I might stick it up on the Stypod at some point.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

And considering that Harvey was so involved in the re-working and performing.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read » »

11:38 AM  

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