Listening to covers of songs I already love is risky. Because sometimes I hate the cover and it makes me appreciate the original version more. But, sometimes I love the cover so much that it becomes my favorite version of the song.
Lorde released her longggggg-awaited third album Solar Power in August. I personally spent months dreaming of what it could possibly sound like. Although “Mood Ring”, “California”, and “Secrets (From A Girl Who’s Seen It All)” are my favorite songs from the album, “Solar Power” is really the one that sets the whole album. Warm. Golden yellow. Like sunshine.
Hearing it be performed live by Glass Animals, I have found a cover that I like. The UK band’s most recent album Dreamland came out in August 2020, featuring the big hit “Heat Waves”.
My opinion: I love Lorde’s version more, but I am so intrigued by the new elements Glass Animals brings to the song. The backup vocalists, for one, make the song sound even warmer to me. The upped tempo and lead singer Dave Bayley’s voice gives a smooth groove to “Solar Power” that’s different than Lorde’s calmer, more mellow groove. I like them both, but in this case, I think Lorde’s version will always be #1.
Listen for yourself and send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you prefer Lorde’s version? Or Glass Animals’ cover?