Thursday, February 10, 2011

Unrelated: 4 of my favorite 10 songs are covers

Just something I realized today.  Is that weird? Here they are:

Jerry Rivera w/ Voltio covering Frankie Ruiz's "Mi Libertad." To my ears, this is just a perfect song. The backing arrangement, the delivery of the vocals, the raps sprinkled in just for a few bars at a time-- it all comes together in a way that is more engaging to me than the original. I know that's blasphemous or whatever, but I really like this song.

Nirvana covering Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." I love the tension and release in this version of the song, the steady build into the screeching climax. It'd be haunting even if Cobain were still alive.

Boyz II Men covering G.C. Cameron's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." The OG version is also crazy good, and I think part of the reason I like the cover so much is just nostalgia-- I grew up in the early 90s. Still, though, it's a beautiful rendition.

Jodeci covering Stevie Wonder's "Lately." K-Ci and JoJo have such monstrously powerful voices. While the OG version of this song is a little more understated and probably a better all-around song, I've always been blown away by how these two can get away with over-singing here simply because their voices are so impressive (and contrast with each other beautifully). To me, at least.

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