What Do You Think Of This 50s-Inspired Springsteen Cover?
Scott Bradlee's PostModern Jukebox is a rotating collective of artists who take popular songs and cover them in unique ways. They take pop or classic rock or grunge or hip-hop songs and break them completely down and rebuild them in a jazz or swing style, or just a style from a different era.
I've seen a bunch of their videos before, but this cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" was new to me:
I will admit, I went through a roller coaster of emotions. My immediate reaction was "thanks, I hate it", mostly due to the singer's "woo yeah" riffing. Not a fan. However, once the verse starts, it started to grow on me. When the first chorus hits I was digging it, and when Tambourine Guy came in the door I was fully invested, but then, the singer busts around another round of "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" and it just hits my ear in the worst way. The killer sax solo (plus the dancing pinups) make up for it though. Things were looking good during the breakdown too, until, once again, the singer starts going too abstract and, in my opinion, ruins it.
Don't get me wrong, I understand why the singer was doing what he was. It fit that boppy 1950s style perfectly, and it suited what they were going for. Still, something about his voice just hit my ears in the absolute worst way. No offense man, just not my thing.
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