I’m a big fan of a great cover. Sure, the original song can be an absolute masterpiece but a well thought out and innovative cover that takes the song in a new direction can become something just as powerful. A great example is Johnny Cash’s take on the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt”. Both are stunning songs and yet they each have their own feel, their own impact.
A channel that is all about giving songs a fun twist is YouTube’s PostModernJukebox, which takes some of the most popular songs throughout music history and gives them a fresh spin. While some may not work for my personal taste, there are ones that are absolutely phenomenal and today brings one of those in the form of Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Black Hole Sun”, the Soundgarden track from their 1994 album Superunknown.
Instead of the almost surreal and beautiful grunge rock track we all know and love, we’re given a mellow orchestral cover that wouldn’t be out of place in something like L.A. Confidential or Chinatown. There is a wonderful mystery in this version that nods to the original while making it 100% its own.