Damien Rice

U2′s Achtung Baby turns 20 next month, and Q Magazine is celebrating the occasion by putting together AHK-toong BAY-bi, an all-star tribute album. Earlier this week, we posted Jack White’s noise-blues take on “Love Is Blindness.” And below, we’ve got singer-songwriter Damien Rice giving a fragile, restrained version of the album’s most enduringly popular track, the lighters-up power-ballad “One.” Rice strips away every bit of stadium-singalong bombast from the song, turning it into a tender hymn of loneliness. Listen below.

(via Antiquiet)

To hear a version of the song that pushes it in the opposite direction, check out Mary J. Blige’s excellent church-wail version.

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Comments (8)
  1. how has this not already happened, like, a million times?

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  3. this is shaping up to be a nice little disc.

    still can’t wait wait to hear Zoo Station by Trent.

  4. Great cover, different and he owned it, made it his own.

  5. damien rice made a stinker. #shouldahadmaryjdoit

  6. This song, sadly, has been raped by every single ‘do gooder’ musician, actually making me hate the song….this cover, well Rice actually makes it his own. I give it a thumbs up.

  7. i like mary’s “church-wail version” the best

  8. This is a lot better than I thought it would be.

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