Thursday, July 22, 2010

No Surprises

Song: No Surprises
Artist: Amanda Palmer
Album: Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magic Ukulele

This is cute... Amanda Palmer, one half of the "Brechtian punk cabaret" band the Dresden Dolls and Evelyn Evelyn has just released an EP of... well the album title really explains it all.  Radiohead songs always lend themselves well to covers, the originals are so out there, that other artists lending their spin really seems to work.  Besides, the songs are ace.

Palmer pretty much focuses on "The Bends" and "O.K. Computer" but also does their first huge single "Creep" and really throws "Idioteque" on its head.  Her voice is deep and smokey, and specifically "Exit Music (for a film)" seems like part of some future noir movie.  I'm not really familiar with her bands work or her solo stuff, but she certainly seems to be a presence.

"No Surpises," from "Computer" has always been one of my favorite Radiohead tracks, and hearing those opening cords on the ukelele is disorientating/funny to say the least.  But as she begins to sing, you really start to feel the lyrics, and the weight of the song.  Much like the original with Thom, but just different.

Thankfully, at seven tracks it doesn't overstay its welcome.


No Surprises


Exit Music (live)

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