You may know Haley Reinhart
as the third runner up from the tenth season of American Idol. Or perhaps you know her because of her cover of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love,"
which became a viral sensation when it was used in an Extra gum commercial. The thing that really blew up, though, and the reason I know who Haley Reinhart is, is her collaboration with Postmodern Jukebox. The whole idea of Postmodern Jukebox is that they make "vintage" sounding arrangements of modern pop songs, turning songs like Gorillaz
's "Feel Good Inc." into jazzy throwbacks.
This Friday, Haley Reinhart will be releasing her third studio album, What's That Sound
. The album is a mixture of original songs and covers of classic 60s songs like "Baby It's You" and "For What It's Worth" - which makes sense, given that a lot of her popularity has come from her old-timey versions of modern songs. Something about Haley's voice just lends itself really well to that classic, nostalgic style. With her 60s-themed album coming out this week, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite covers Haley Reinhart did for Postmodern Jukebox:
1. "Creep" - Radiohead cover
Of all her covers with Postmodern Jukebox, the video for Radiohead's "Creep" is the most viewed. It makes sense; the jazz version of "Creep" works surprisingly well, and of course Haley's vocals are amazing. Her dynamic difference as she grows and shrinks from intense belting to more gentle sections is super powerful, and shows off the range in her sound.
2. "Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden cover
For the Postmodern Jukebox version of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," Haley Reinhart spends the whole song building to a belted peak at the end of the song. The end of the song is all the more effective because she saves that growling belt for those final moments, showing her skill not only in that last minute but in her holding back at the beginning.
3. "Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes cover
This is definitely one of my favorite shows of Haley Reinhart's voice. Her singing is extra sensual for this cover, and there's so much variety in how she's singing from moment to moment. And not to mention the dress - the sparkles are almost as captivating as her voice.
4. "Habits" - Tove Lo cover
This cover is kind of funny just because of how the lyrics contrast the tone of the jazz arrangement - "I get home, I got the munchies, binge out on my twinkies" definitely aren't words you'd expect to hear over that smooth instrumental - but Haley still works it. The ending is especially good, as she effortlessly closes off to a hum after all the dramatic belting.
5. "Oops!… I Did It Again" - Britney Spears cover
Although this cover is supposed to be a Marilyn Monroe style version of the song, Haley isn't quite as airy and teasing as Marilyn Monroe was when she sang. Still, a Haley Reinhart cover that sounds like Haley Reinhart isn't really a bad thing. She definitely nails those little Monroe-esque "ooh"s after the first chorus.
6. "Lovefool" - The Cardigans cover
Out of all of Haley Reinhart's covers on Postmodern Jukebox, I think this one sounds most like it was supposed to originally be jazz. Her voice glides naturally over the choruses, and the little improvisational syllables she throws in there are really impressive.
Throwback to when we talked fashion with Ms. Reinhart in Williamsburg: