Creep by Radiohead (cover by Ingrid Michaelson)
Comment: This Radiohead classic gallantly galloping in tandem with Ingrid Michaelson’s gossamer vox is a great example of how a remake of a brilliant, long-standing song can be up to par, yet at the same time be incomparable with the original. The union of her head register with the frail ukelele strumming in the background starting at around 2:00 is so hauntingly beautiful that it never fails to evoke such large amount of emotional anguish from me.
It’s the first Sunday of the month so it’s a *drumroll* Cover Sunday! Yey! I have for you now A B & The Sea’s cover of Katy Perry’s California Gurls. Do not judge me for featuring California Gurls here. Just listen to their cover and be in awe.
A B & The Sea’s California Gurls (Katy Perry Cover)
Genre: Acoustic Folk-Rock
Comment: Here’s an acoustic folk rock cover of California Gurls. Such a weird mishmash of genres, huh? But seriously, it is not my genre ignorance but this cover is truly a mixture of said genres. It is a happy, upbeat cover yet it is toned down. Don’t roll your eyes, I am not being ironic or sarcastic. Compared to the original, it is toned down but then the instrumentation just made my ears perk up. There’s that electric guitar in the background of the main guitar, giving the song tinges of rock. But since the acoustic guitar is the main instrument, it really gives off a folk vibe. Couple that with the vocals and the harmonies and the cute percussion and the faint hoohoo’s and baba’s, it screams folk! It’s interesting how the San Francisco band achieved this. The hooks and the harmonies and The Beach Boys during and after the bridge. I can continue spazzing here. I say this cover is fantastic!
Cover Sunday is the first of a set of new segments we’ll hoist throughout the month. Let it be said that they arose from seven’s shortcoming as a prime number: factoring the 7 days of the week such that the work will be divided equally would demand 7 discrete authors, whereas splitting it up among the 3 present contributors would result to one sparing himself an extra opportunity to write an entry. To settle our rivalling interests on the uncommitted slot (because *ahem* we equally love scouring and sharing quality music *ahem*), we’ve landed to the equitable conclusion of alternately putting a spin on the posts scheduled on Sundays. First up is Cover Sunday where we’ll feature alternative versions to songs we already know.
Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt (cover by Mathai)
Comment: Although I belong to the parcel of viewers who root for her (or Jesse’s or Pip’s) victory on the 2nd season of the The Voice, I also share the impression that she comes out as bratty on certain occassions, but in the end, it is my preference to preserve her in the light of the sweet and adorable girl who belted out a brilliant rendition of Adele’s Rumor Has It. (Just now, I successfully evaded my impulse to babble on that performance.) It’s hard to come by such an atypical voice whose each intended note is a container of every imaginable cosmic sadness. And when I thought the band Bon Iver had upped Can’t Make You Love Me to an unattainable league, she came dashing with a cute guitarist to make the song dispiriting at a greater extent.