Monday, July 30, 2007

Between the Covers:: The Beatles vs. Stevie Wonder

It really takes a talented artist, or a conceited one, to tackle a Fab-Four song. Normally, I laugh at the idea of a Beatles cover and dismiss the artist, knowing that it's impossible to stack up, but Stevie Wonder is not your run of the mill artist. Plus, I want to use a Beatles analogy for my review later on today.

MP3:: We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
I mean, this song is a classic. The tambourines and instrumentation are nice, and the harmonizing is fab-oulous. You can't find much wrong with the song, but the same can be said about almost any Beatles song, but I really like the contrast between Lennon's pessimism and Paul's optimism.

MP3:: We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
Ok. Let's just say, Motown era Stevie can brings the noise and or the funk. The smoothed out organ on this song is dy-no-mite. When the backing vocals hit you with the "hey" it is ridiculous and so infectious. You can't help but move and sing along. Throw in the harmonica and you really have to give the nod to Stevie on this one. Probably one of my favorite cover songs of all time.

Winner:: Stevie Wonder
Bonus:: Stevie rippin Superstition on Sesame Street
I love how low key all the musicians are, despite they are attacking one of the most funky tracks of all time. Plus, the drummer kind of looks like a mad skinny ?Love.


UPDATE:: New Weakerthans
Wow... Stereogum has the new single from the upcoming Weakerthans record. I'm so happy.
Link:: Night Windows

Posted at 11:49 AM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Hot damn, that track is groovy!!

 

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

How about Chaka Khan and what she did to that song.

 

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