Tag Archive: Cover


Hey, and welcome (back)! You all pretty much know my opinion on covers. Not very much a fan. Sometimes, I accept exceptions, if they are very good or they are by one of my favourite bands. This is one of those rare times when the two aspects coexist in a song. This is a cover of The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, this time with a twist from Disturbed. The original song was published in 1964 on the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., and the cover by Disturbed was published this year (2015) on the album Immortalized. Enjoy the song with the lyrics here, or in the video link.

[Since WordPress has decided to evoke my video-sharing abilities, and adding them only to the paid subscription instead, I kindly ask you to click on the YouTube link below. Thank you for your patience, because I’ve soon run out of mine].

Disturbed – The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

 

You know when you get chills in your face? That’s  what I got from this song. Touched from the first couple of lines, and filled with goosebumps and tears throughout the song. I admire David Draiman’s voice. It really is powerful. The sound of the full band lifts his voice to new heights, and he pulls this off so perfectly, even though you might initially only think of him as a metal vocalist.

It is exciting that Disturbed at all thought of covering this song, and making it their own. The song builds up and up further throughout the song, reminding us more and more of the real Disturbed. The lyrical themes also by all means fit Disturbed well. Hearing Draiman’s voice like this really shows the greatness beyond the metal powers we know well from before. I’m further convinced he could sing pretty much anything.  With a full orchestra to support his vocal performance, the sound is big and beautiful. There is so much room in his voice, I really could just hide in there forever. It really is something else.

“People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs
That voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence
‘Fools’ said I, ‘you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows’ “
(The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel)

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Update!
Here is an awesome, perfect live performance by Disturbed on Conan 28th of March 2016.  Enjoy.

 

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Johnny Cash – Hurt

Well, time for another song! This time it’s Hurt by Johnny Cash (originally by Nine Inch Nails). The song was published in 2002 on the album American IV: The Man Comes Around, as one of the last songs recorded by Cash. Here are the lyrics. Listen and enjoy.

A classic. Listened to this once after not having heard it in over a year or so, and it made me tear up. It’s so beautiful. Johnny’s voice is impeccable, a little rough, but so good. Just might be one of the best pieces of music in the world. Liked by so many. It begins so calmly and builds up, and ends with just Johnny’s voice again, and that is so great. The music video is very strong, and the lyrics are too.

 

“What have I become, my sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away in the end
And you could have it all, my empire of dirt
I will let you down, I will make you hurt”
(Hurt – Johnny Cash)

 

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Hey! Today’s song will be Iris by Goo Goo Dolls. The song was published in 1998 on the album Dizzy Up The Girl, but was made for the film City Of Angels (1998). Lyrics are here, and below is the song:

The song has such strong lyrics, they say so much. I love the instrumental part of the song, and the use of violin in the song, it creates a little more drama to it. This is a really beautiful piece of music.

Edit:
I also have a good friend of mine that did a cover of this song that I think was wonderful. I once featured it here in this post, but unfortunately he removed it from his YouTube channel, which I think is too bad, because I would love to hear it again. He’s still a great singer and musician though, even greater than when he did the cover. Just wanted to let you know what happened to the video.

 

“And I don’t want the world to see me
‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand
When everything’s made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am”
(Iris – Goo Goo Dolls)

Today I’m going to do something really different. I’m going to do a review of a cover. The song is called Titanium, and was mad by David Guetta and Sia. The real version was published last year (2011), on the album Nothing But The Beat. The Lyrics are here, they’re totally worth a look (though I suspect they are a little wrong on that site, not sure).

The cover version by Collin McLaughlin:

The original version by David Guetta and Sia:

I normally wouldn’t do cover versions, but in this case I have to say I need to put my principals aside and show the world this great singer. My friend got me hooked on it, and I went with it stuck in my mind for over a week! All over my hand was the incredible lyrics to this song.
I know It’s David Guetta who wrote it, and that makes him a little bit brilliant in my eyes, but I think Collins version is way better than the original version, song wise. It’s still the same notes, just that it’s stripped of techno-rhythms.
Collin has made it sorer than it usually seems, and he gets the meaning more forward since it’s about a soar theme, even though the song is telling us to stay strong no matter what. (I actually did a presentation about this song in school, presenting the themes and the choice of words linked to the meaning of the song – not that it interests you at all, just saying).
I really hope you like the cover version. Enjoy.

“Stone-hard, machine gun
Firing at the ones who run
Stone-hard, like bulletproof glass
You shoot me down but I won’t fall
I am titanium”
(Titanium – David Guetta)