On “Codeine“, Jason Isbell sings “If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its this bar and this cover band”. I’m not sure which he hates more; the bar or the cover band. But in the right situation I love both of these things, and find reason to disagree with Mr. Isbell. So, for today’s installment of LxListening I have decided to pick out 5 recent covers that deserve a little recognition.
What makes a good cover you ask me? In my opinion, a good cover doesn’t try to reenact or mimic the original song, instead trying to take a new musical angle. This can be anything from completely changing the arrangement, to changing the style of the music, to changing the pace. Sometimes, a cover may be so ironic (as you’ll see below) because of who is singing it that it deserves a little attention. Either way, check out a few of these gems below and decide for yourself whether you think there is any added value to these cover songs. Enjoy.
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