Sweetheart 2014

Earlier this month we learned about Starbucks’ forthcoming Sweetheart 2014, the coffee retailer’s fifth compilation of indie-minded artists covering their favorite love songs. We’ve already heard Jim James’ take on Bob Marley and now we’ve got Beck’s version of the 1970 John Lennon/Phil Spector collab “Love.” Listen below.

Sweetheart 2014 is out 2/4 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. Tracklist:

01 Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02 Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03 Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04 Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05 The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06 Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
07 Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08 Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09 Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10 Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11 Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12 Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13 Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

Beck’s own Morning Phase, one of our most anticipated of the year, is out 2/14 via Capitol.

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Comments (10)
  1. This is either gutsy or ridiculous. The original is pretty damn perfect.

  2. Hmm. It really seems highly unnecessary and a tad overproduced. The original was so stark and that’s what made it especially poignant. Doing Beatles covers/Lennon covers in my book is taboo. But thankfully Beck didn’t destroy one of John’s best solo songs.Looking forward to your new record too Beck!

    • Exactly. But beacuse it’s Beck I almost like it (almost). I once spent way too much time trying to track down the very best Beatles covers and discovered (a) the Beatles have been covered by more than any other artist by far (b) there are hardly any great Beatles covers. Their versions are so spectacular, there’s no point even trying (The Breeders “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” and Marvin Gaye’s “Yesterday” are some notable exceptions).

  3. That was really nice

  4. Beck really knows how to do a cover. Never tries to imitate the original. Which really helps in this case since the original is perfect!

    • I usually love his covers too (Halo of Gold, Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes, Your Cheating’ Heart, Pink Moon, True Love Will Find You In The End, I could go on…) but this one feels like it’s trying just a bit too hard.

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