'We Found Love' In Jim Stapley's Phenomenal Rihanna Cover
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I'm not much of a Rihanna guy, but (and this might be the biggest but this side of the Iggy Azalea/J. Lo "Trouble" video) I think her Calvin Harris produced track "We Found Love" is a solid contender for the best radio pop smash of the 2010s. Whether it's Rihanna's soaring vocals, that infectious synth line, or the deceptive elegance of the lyricism, I love that song. It's honestly become nearly sacrosanct at this point, and covering it is not something I'd generally recommend. I'm glad Jim Stapley didn't have those qualms.

The U.K. singer-songwriter goes the only route possible when tackling an established modern classic: he spins the song around on a total 180. Transforming "We Found Love" from its electro-house pop roots, Stapley fashions the track into a gospel folk-rock stunner. For rockists who snobbishly turned their nose up to the song before [Ed. note: you never want to be that guy], it's impossible to hear the raw power of Stapley's voice or the electric jolt of his guitar work or the uplift of the background vocalists and not fall in love with this song. And for those who've loved the track for years now, it's like hearing it for the first time. Jim Stapley's take, which we're premiering today, is the definition of can't miss.

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