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Most slip off the tightrope,
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It's tough doing a cover. If you're too faithful to the original, you're adding nothing to it as a song, merely aping the original artist. On the other hand, if you're too 'out there', it can outrage the original's fans or simply just sound as if you're being perverse, outre for outre's sake. So, the artists here have a tightrope to manage and, unfortunately, I think most of them fall off on one side or the other. Elbow, Arcade Fire, Feist, Joseph Arthur all seem to be too timid, too faithful to the originals. While Lou Reed, Brian Eno and Stephin Merrit have been braver, they're just not that good. And the Paul Simon version of Biko (I had high hopes for this one) has turned an angry protest into a rather feeble lament. I think some are successful, David Byrne, Regina Spektor, but most have fallen. Still, I hope that Peter Gabriel's happy with the results.