Cover collections of famous albums are running rampant these days. Not too long ago we caught a glimpse of contemporary artists re-doing Nirvana's Nevermind for Spin Magazine. Across the pond, Q Magazine is celebrating some major anniversaries with the recreation of U2'sAchtung Baby (20 years for the album, and 25 for the mag). In the back of this month's Q, find the covers from many big names we haven't seen around in a while. One such example is Snow Patrol's take on the seminal "Mysterious Ways", which in their version, is slowed down a sparse ballad.
Floating in and out and tethered only by Gary Lightbody's full-bodied wearisome vocals, the cover replaces the original's iconically sexy riffs with stripped down pickups and looped static. The noodling tremolo creates a sedated trip-hop atmosphere, obviously different from the intended color. Snow Patrol's version tentatively glimmers into the expansive stadium arena U2 calls home in the last few choruses, as it gathers ethereal backing wails, synth comforts, and a skittered drum machine beat. Compare 'em below!
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The full track listing for AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered:
Nine Inch Nails - "Zoo Station"
U2 (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) - "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
Damien Rice - "One"
Patti Smith - "Until The End Of The World"
Garbage - "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
Depeche Mode - "So Cruel"
Snow Patrol - "Mysterious Ways"
The Fray - "Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World"
Gavin Friday - "The Fly"
The Killers - "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
Glasvegas - "Acrobat"
Jack White - "Love Is Blindness"