Covers are strange beasts. Some are clearly better, some are worse, and some are just different.
I prefer Billy Joel's version of "Shameless" to Garth Brooks'.
Billy's version is bluesier IMO, and I prefer that. I've also never been much into country music.
Or how about this pair:
Genesis released "Land of Confusion" and Disturbed covered it not too long ago. I like both versions having both some retro '80s music, including
Genesis, in my playlist and being partial to Disturbed. Both versions are pretty straight up. I have to say I think maybe it works a bit better the
way Disturbed does it.
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Another one ... I grew up listening to Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, The Beach Boys because they were what my folks always played. No one, no one has
a finer voice than Karen Carpenter (no woman anyhow); Freddy Mercury may come close on the male side. But I still have some Carpenters kicking around
so I can hear her voice. So there's this:
"Superstar" was a cover by The Carpenters that was then covered by Sonic Youth. The Sonic Youth is creepy, but considering that it's meant as a
tribute to Karen Carpenter who died of anorexia nervosa ... I think that's entirely fitting, but it works in that context, otherwise Karen's vocals
win for me.
Ok, sorry, my husband has two more based on Pearl Jam.
My husband didn't like Vedder's version a whole lot until he really thought about the lyrics then he realized that the Pearl Jam cover fits the
lyrics a lot better. The original makes you want to go to a sock hop and be-bop around in your poodle skirt or leather jacket while the band is
happily singing about the love of someone's life dying in a tragic car wreck.
This one I like both versions. Otis is the classic, but I think Vedder has the right kind of voice and style to pull it off, making the song his while
still being a good homage.
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