Best Coast - "Rhiannon" (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

Last week, Hear Music & Concord Music Group announced a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album called Just Tell Me That You Want Me: Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, a record featuring an all-star lineup — folks like MGMT, New Pornographers, St. Vincent, and Best Coast — covering the beloved rock band. Today, Best Coast’s contribution, a clear-headed take on “Rhiannon,” surfaced. Hear the studio version and watch a live take from the band’s recent Sirius XMU’s Session below.

Comments (18)
  1. Shit Sandwich.

    I know that it isn’t really funny out of context, but those words perfectly sum up my feelings about this cover.

  2. Shit Sandwich doesn’t even sum this cover up…It’s beyond bullshit. Best Coast is garbage first of all..Bethany or whatever her name is has the worst vocals i’ve ever heard in my entire life..they’re in a pissy whiny genre of music that none listen’s to at all anymore period. The only reason I listened to this is because I knew it would be awful..But damn. To have the nerve to cover Fleetwood Mac…C’mon man..Pitchfork please stop showcasing this so called band…They’re the worst…PERIOD!

  3. this cover took everything that was good from the original (which was everything) and did away with it, what a shame.

    if you don’t have anything nice to play, don’t play anything at all.

  4. I’ve heard American Idol contestants do better versions than this.

  5. agreed – this was terrible. where’s that tame impala cover??

  6. We have fun, we have fun, with Rhiannnnnon

  7. I’m a firm believer in the FACT that some songs should be left alone. When it comes to Fleetwood Mac, “Rhiannon” is one of those kinds of songs.

    Bands really fucking make me sick with “Oh, we just wanted to pay tribute & do it OUR way”. Fuck off!!

  8. It’s…it’s just so bad. I don’t even know what to say. I’m stumped.

  9. Heard their live set on KCRW. Jeez, she’s so redundant. Same line in a song over and over and over again. I think she’s gunning for a transition to acting and being on tv.

  10. Completely, completely speechless. This is terrible. What is that piano riff?! What are those intonations?! I hope Stevie casts a spell on her.

  11. You guys are missing the point of cover songs. Artists reinterpret it in their style, what’s the point of trying to do a song exactly the way someone else already did it?

    That being said, yeah this is awful.

  12. My goodness. The cover of “Rhiannon” by a bunch of grade school kids on The Langley Schools Music Project album is better than this, and even more haunting than Fleetwood Mac’s original.

    The Best Coast singer has that Stevie Nicks trill in her voice, but conveys none of Nicks’ mystery or subtlety here.

  13. An ungilded TURD

  14. I’m definitely very underwhelmed. They’re completely ignoring the song structure and key signature!

  15. I kinda like it guys. haha Sorry. And I really like best coast…oooohh this is awkward.

  16. Definitely a clinic on how NOT to cover a song by stripping “Rhiannon” of all passion. Royal Thunder would have f’in’ nailed it! They should have just included the cover by Zeke.

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