There's one thing I hate and that's people doing ironic covers of other peoples' work. I lost respect for Ben Gibbard when he did it solo and I don't think I've listened to manic street preachers since I saw them do this live.
Mechanical Bride however do this song and the writers justice with the evocative and hauting melodies of Lauren Doss on a piano laden reimagining of a classic piece of modern popular music.
Melissa Laveaux delivers an original performance that stays true to the isolation and insecurity of the original but without relying upon it. It's soulful and, as covers should; feels like it means something to the artist.
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