I have always harbored very strong opinions on Live albums and Covers of other songs. In this post, I wanna focus on the Covers!
When an Artist does a Cover of another song, they are in fact doing one of two things: either paying homage to the original, or are just out of ideas and need filler of a popular song! To pay homage to a song is great, but I think that it takes little talent to do it exactly like the original... what value does that add? On the flip side, to do a cover and to interpret it with your style, approach and sound, and by doing that, to bring a new dimension to a song, is the greatest form of homage that can be paid to the original, while at the same time demonstrating the creativity and vision of the Artist covering the song.
Having spent countless hours on thesixtyone, I have noticed a lot of covers. Some of them are just a rehash of the same song and they make me wonder what value is added here? Others are great re-interpretations, where the Artist deconstructed the original song, reformed it and created something truly extraordinary. Below are some examples of songs that add new dimension to an already well known song and some of my favorite covers on the site:
The quintessential cover
And a haunting Cover to a familiar classic:
We'll get into Live songs in another post...