Saturday, 7 November 2015

Autumnal Covers #10

Ssshhhhhhhh...... *silence* ...

Strangely, pop music has long heralded silence. Simon and Garfunkel sang of the Sound Of Silence back in 1965. It remains one of the finest songs of the 60s, one that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stick up with its brilliance. Kimberley Anne, from South London, has great hair and could prove to be a name worth watching. I wrote of her earlier in the year when I saw her support First Aid Kit. MrsRobster is a bit of a fan and was understandably moved by Kimberley's eerie yet sublime take on Sound Of Silence. It is spine-tingling. Few things make me say "Wow!" out loud after hearing them, but this was one of them. She does a cracking version of Womack & Womack's Teardrops too. 

One of Depeche Mode's greatest moments came in the form of Enjoy The Silence, a pivotal moment on the career-defining album that is 'Violator'. What. A. Song. What an album! Many have attempted their own versions of it, with mixed success. Tori Amos likes a cover. In 2001 she released a whole album of them, taking on songs by the likes of Tom Waits, Joe Jackson, Eminem, the Velvet Underground and Slayer. Yes, Slayer! She also did Enjoy The Silence, and her execution of it is masterful. It's minimal and sinister. Say what you like about her - she may be as barmy as a bag of badgers, but Tori is a treasure. I have a soft spot for her, anyway.


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