Friday, April 14, 2006

A Pleasant Surprise

I love a good cover song. I seem to find them especially enjoyable when an artist covers a pop song, hip hop jam, etc. and then goes and turns it into an acoustic ditty. Today I was doing some Friday afternoon bloggin' and I was visiting Jax over @ the rock insider and saw that she has the next cover everyone will be talking about. . .

She has a cover of the supremely talented Mr. Ray LaMontagne covering "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. This cover gives the song a deep guttural soul and texture that the original does not have. It does not even feel like the same song and I think when an artist takes a cover, making it his or her own by putting their own personal stap on it -- that is the best. Ray LaMontagne has definitely done this with his cover much like Jose Gonzalez did with his beautiful cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats" last year. Gnarls Barkley themselves do a cover on their EP "St. Elsewhere" of the Violent Femmes song "Gone Daddy Gone." While their cover is really not much different from the original for the sure novelty factor, it is woth checking out.

(mp3) Ray LaMontagne - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)

(mp3) Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone (Violent Femmes cover)

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