Monday, May 11, 2009

Cover songs...

It has been requested that I write more about music and less about sports and animals. While I have no intention of writing less about sports and animals I will make more of an attempt to write about music. One of my favorite artists is Ryan Adams, and it just hit me how amazing of a job he does on cover songs. I am usually not a big fan of cover songs, but he does an absolutely brilliant job when he does one. There are three that come into mind: Down in a Hole (originally Alice in Chains), Wonderwall (originally Oasis), Always on my Mind (originally Willie Nelson).

Down in a Hole

I absolutely love the original version of this song, as well as Alice in Chains in general. But Ryan Adams cover of this song gives me chills. It is a bit of a depressing song, but a beautiful song. There is a lot of pain in it, as to be expected from Alice in Chains, and Ryan does an amazing job at capturing it. The song was on a little EP that came out a few years ago called "Follow the Lights" and I highly recommend. Also has a great version "If I am a Stranger" and a wonderful little song called "My Love for you is Real."


The original is by Oasis, as everyone and their mother knows. I love the original, and Oasis is also one of my favorite bands, I have listened to them for as long as I can remember. This is another cover that just gives me chills. Ryan's take on it is a bit different, but it is brilliant. The song is on Part 1 of the "Love is Hell" album. I remember this came out when I was living in London many years back, the (2) album(s) really really fit that time in my life. Whenever I hear this cover I think of a particular rainy day in early December wandering around the city a few days before I had to leave. I promised myself one day I would move back, and every time I hear this version of the song it reminds me of that promise.

Always on my Mind

I should start off by saying that I love Willie Nelson, and this is one of my favorite songs ever. I did not think Willie could be done justice in a cover, but once again Ryan nailed it. Sometimes I forget what an amazing love song this is. I don't have much else to say other than check it out! It is on "Jacksonville City Nights" which is one of my favorite Ryan Adams albums.


Vanilla Bear said...

Aw who wanted you to write less about sports and animals? I want more on sports and animals :D

Anyway I LOVE Ryan Adams' cover of Wonderwall, maybe even more than the original. *Goes off to listen to it now*

chicnandia said...

Me likes you riting about sports and animals too!!
Anyway,I have to admit I've never actually listened to him so I shall go download some songs to see if I like...

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