Lykke Li – “Unchained Melody” (Righteous Brothers Cover)
“Unchained Melody,” made famous by the Righteous Brothers, is one of the all-time great drunken-karaoke jams. It’s one of those rare songs where it’s perfectly acceptable for five dudes to get together, mob the stage, and just absolutely wail out every syllable. But in a recent live session for Australia’s Triple J radio, Lykke Li went in the opposite direction with the song. Her version is quiet, tender, and spare, with only an acoustic guitar and a few backup singers accompanying her. She also makes some characteristically weird timing decisions with the track. Grab her version below.
Now, I just want to hear what she’d do with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.”