Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is a strange, haunting thing. Largely carried by Cohen’s monotone, yet slightly lilting voice and sparse guitar accompaniment, the song evokes a dark, ambiguous feeling. The angelic backing vocals and seraphic strings that periodically emerge give the song a heavenly relief – a bittersweet release of giving yourself into a formless and […]
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“I thought it was interesting that Nina Simone did a sort of answer to “Revolution”. That was very good — it was sort of like “Revolution,” but not quite. That I sort of enjoyed, somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said.” – John Lennon, 1971
This performance. There are no words.
Last week John Gleason guested on AD touting the lesser known side of the Bee Gees, making a case for their catalog being equal to or greater than the Beatles. Brave. And while I can’t say I share that sentiment, there’s no denying the Gibb brothers songwriting chops. Case in point, Nina Simone’s rendition of the […]
This shit just works on so many levels. Like most everything Nina Simone chose to cover throughout her career, this, her incredibly funky take of Aretha Franklin’s “Save Me,” adds a muscularity to Aretha’s already powerful performance. No one emotes quite like Simone—who really gets inside the material and wrestles it, hell, exorcises it, from […]
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