Ryan Adams, "Wildest Dreams"
On the one hand, it's kind of a sad indictment of modern rock music that of all the umpteen albums that Ryan Adams has released in his 20-year career, it was his 1989 cover album that got by far the most mainstream attention. On the other hand, Ryan Adams is one of those musicians (like Taylor Swift herself, actually) who is better in theory than in actual practice. The idea of a songs-first artist cranking out multiple albums in multiple genres with multiple bands year after year sounds impossibly romantic, until you realize that most of Adams' material isn't actually all that good. He's not even the best musician whose name ends up with "_ryan Adams," though that could be my bias as a Canadian speaking. ANYWAY, this song is good, probably the best of the bunch from either Adams' 1989 or Swift's 1989.
Tom Cochrane, "I Wish You Well"
Hey, speaking of Canadian bias....
Postmodern Jukebox and Emily West, "Only One"
There's about a 30 percent chance I just shut down this blog entirely and turn it into a Postmodern Jukebox fan page. This might be my favourite cover yet. Bonus points to Emily delivering the best rendition of this song by anyone with the last name West.
Bruce Springsteen, "Rebel Rebel"
The latest E Street Band tour is based around playing 'The River' in its entirety. Since it's a 20-song record and it's not one of my absolute favourite Springsteen albums, I decided to pass on seeing the show since I felt it would kinda detract from the "Bruce could play literally song in his repertoire next" feeling, one of my favourite elements of seeing the Boss live. I immediately regretted this decision about five minutes after the tickets stopped going on sale, and I've been kicking myself ever since. I am a moron.
Greg Dulli, "Modern Love"
While we're on the subject of Bowie covers, here's a really interesting take on my favourite Bowie song. It changes the melody and completely removes the original's awesome driving momentum...yet it's still a good song. Really cool arrangement here from Dulli.