How can this be? Covers of classic songs are notoriously underwhelming, typically little more than ego-trips for moderately talented musicians attempting to validate their own street-cred while invariably evidencing the contrary to their listeners.
Yo, swerve brah.
Lewis’ success might come from the irreverent mix of styles blended into her version. It’s a deceptively simple arrangement (like many of the Beatles biggest hits) with bossa nova, smooth jazz, a hint of girl-band folk-rock and her smooth vocals overlapping to unexpectedly sublime results. Or, maybe she’s just being herself and having fun.
Lewis’ rendition has received the endorsement of JJ Johnson, local poet and self proclaimed Beatles expert, who describes this as among the best covers of a Beatles song he’s ever heard. As he explains: “Most covers try to sound just like the original. It’s the ones that do something different, like Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help From My Friends that are exceptional.” Oh, and Lewis’ song has also just won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Best Cover.
Do you like it? (And let’s be honest, you do…)
Get it FREE, here at Google Music. If you have Google Play on your PC, or have an Android based phone, get Lewis and others on the Independent Music Awards 2015 compilation album Now Hear This!
You can also learn more about her music, shows, and the work she does at www.janelewis.ca. (Yep. Naturally, she’s Canadian. Maybe she’ll visit…)
Note: Google Music is free to anyone with a Google email address, account, or ID. A subscription to Google Music Plus is not necessary. Seriously – 50 songs – totally free.
4.5 stars –
www.albany.com/movie-blog/2015/10/jane_lewis_effervescent_beatles_cover_wins_at_independant_music_awards.html “” Jay Matthiessen