Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Paradise Lost In Translation

Pre-sobriety Chan Marshall is undoubtedly responsible for some of the greatest covers of recent years ('Moonshiner' and before, The Covers Record, 'Werewolf' and 'Keep on Runnin'', live 'House of the Rising Sun', etc.); post-sobriety Jukebox disappoints, but this awkward, translated Serge Gainsbourg /Jane Birkin cover with Karen Elson simultaneously inhabits the irritating and the sublime. Elson's odd, breathy 'you go and I come' sounds kind of tasty--like Birkin in the original--whereas Cat Gainsbourg should probably lay off the Lucky Strikes and get a little sleazier. Nonetheless, 'I love you either' clearly enunciates E.T. and Elliot's suppressed call for crosspollination. You're a coward Spielberg--let either declare itself.

Mp3 Cat Power and Karen Elson / 'I Love You ... Me Either' (Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin Cover 'Je t' non plus')

Also, here's a French boy band, 2be3, redoing the bliss of Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up':

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