Damien Rice Covers U2’s “One”
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.
To hear a version of the song that pushes it in the opposite direction, check out Mary J. Blige’s excellent church-wail version.