Monday, April 19, 2010

Take Cover: Phosphorescent takes on Willie Nelson

This week's cover is a little bit of a cop-out for anyone who knows me only because this was hands down my favorite album of 2009 and I talked about it non-stop then. Well, it's still incredible, especially considering what it is-- an tribute album. Phosphorescent, which is essentially Matthew Houck and friends, released To Willie modeled after Willie Nelson's tribute to Lefty Frizell, To Lefty From Willie. And Willie has quite a few covers up his sleeve as well, from the subpar to the surprisingly nice. But not only is Phosphorescent's rendition of "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" a lovely version of an already-tender song, it stands on its own two feet as one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking pieces of recorded music I've heard in a long time. The simple arrangement, gentle percussion and a capella intro manage to build a fullly-fleshed-out, all-encompassing sound. Listen below, and catch the original here:

-- Caroline Klibanoff
"Melodious Intoxication," Thursdays 12-2 pm on WGTB

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