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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An iTunes exclusive (apparently not anymore), Nina Simone fans will want to investigate the recently released Protest Anthology collection (April 8th) that combines both audio and video artifacts culled from Simone’s career. Like the majority of Simone’s output, there is an undeniable weight to much of this material that transcends the music itself . Production […]