If you watched The Osbournes, the turn-of-the-millennium MTV show reality show about Ozzy Osbourne and his clan, you may be surprised to learn that Ozzy has a second daughter, one who declined to participate in the show because she wanted to be taken seriously as an artist. That daughter’s name is Aimée Osbourne, and she records shimmery synthpop under the name ARO. And as Nylon points out, she’s just shared her version of LCD Soundsystem’s shuddering ballad “I Can Change.” Her version is pretty good, even if it could not possibly sound less like Black Sabbath. Listen to it and read a statement about it from Osbourne below.
James Murphy has a very rare ability to remain vulnerable and raw, whilst capturing a sense of irony and twisted humor in his songwriting. There are thousands of songs written about heartbreak, so few capture that combination of conflicting emotions the way James can, that’s what drew me to the song.
Making a cover can be tricky. You choose a song because you love it and not because you necessarily think you can do a better job, just a different one. It was really important that I made this cover my own, I intuitively believed I could. So when I first played my version to people, I didn’t tell them it was a cover, I wanted the most honest reaction. No one figured it out right away, I knew then that I had achieved something special with covering this incredible song.
ARO will have an EP out this spring.