Wednesday, June 10, 2009

2000 : 18 "I See A Darkness," by Johnny Cash (covering Bonnie 'Prince' Billy)

A Bonnie 'Prince' Billy cover, and on it Will Oldham sings backup, but the Johnny Cash version is superior in every way. Yet more proof that sometimes a cover version can be even greater than the sum of its (original song + different artist) parts. Cash's weary, rich voice is perfect for the subject matter: camaraderie, depression, suicide, and yet also hope.

Angela Smith

Listen: Johnny Cash >> "I See A Darkness"

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