Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cover version of the week: "Some of Them Are Old" by St. Vincent

One problem many artists have when covering another musician is picking the most famous, most legendary song they can think of. You know, like doing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for a Nirvana tribute album. Such choices almost inevitably mean that your new version will pale by comparison with the original. St. Vincent's Annie Clark has a talent for choosing less obvious covers and making them her own. [There may not be many obscure Beatles songs, but "Dig a Pony," which she covered a couple years ago, comes close.] Now, she has covered Brian Eno's "Some of Them Are Old," a sleeper of a tune off his first pop album. The results are luminous.

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