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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Track Of The Week #7

Taken By Trees - 'Sweet Child O' Mine'

The KPL TotW is going to be taking a break for a few weeks so that I can, as tradition in December dictates, sort out the End of Year nostalgia-fest in the form of lists. Before that though, I'm going to leave you with this little festive number to enjoy.

Taken By Trees are fronted by Victoria Bergsman, who has emerged as one of the most distinctive vocalists of the decade, (first by fronting The Concretes and more recently providing vocals for Peter Bjorn and John's mega-hit 'Young Folks') and from the sounds of this track specialise in a rather pretty blend of folk and indie.

As you can probably tell from the title, this is a cover of the Guns N Roses track and words cannot express how much better it is than the original. It's much slowed down, understated and instead of Axl Rose's parrot-like warble we've got a delicate and heartfelt vocal.

Bizarrely it's soundtracking the current John Lewis Christmas ad campaign. Not sure when or if it's going to be properly released (beyond the limited 7") but it's probably the best cover version that I've heard this year.

Enjoy!

1 comment:

John Wilko said...

This just charted at number 23! I guess that must be on downloads though...