Sunday, August 4, 2013

Long Distance Runaround

It's easy to view Mark Kozelek's deconstructive covers as a clever schtick—take a poppy tune, slow it down to a dirge, maybe move it into a minor key—but one which quickly becomes predictable. And, really, I'm not sure I'd disagree. On the other hand, when the results sound like this, with Kozelek's mournful baritone managing to bring gravitas to lyrics as dippy as Jon Anderson's, I also don't care, because in addition to an interesting new—dare I say alternative?—take on a staple of classic rock radio, they kept the funky time signature and that's yeah.

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