Sunday, April 12, 2009

I hope its gonna make you notice someone like me

Natasha Khan/Bat For Lashes' cover of Kings of Leon's recent 'Use Somebody' is a work of stark beauty and vulnerability. I love the organ in the background, and the tambourine. It reminds me of the Doors albums I borrowed from my Mom growing up, and the way I found their songs to feel something close to holy, sensual and intimate.

Khan's version gifts the song a more timeless, stripped down feel - which also adds to the plea of loneliness that the lyrics provide. Where the original soars as a post-modern power ballad, Khan's cover brings it in closer, holds itself with arms wrapped around sadness, and raw emotion.

I love both versions.

Zipped Up

(song of the day, cover Sunday)

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