Hozier – “Do I Wanna Know?” (Arctic Monkeys Cover)

Irish troubadour Hozier hit BBC’s Live Lounge with a take on the Arctic Monkeys’ AM highlight “Do I Wanna Know?” — a tune also covered by Chvrches and Sam Smith. The original is a huffing, snarling, sad-eyed beast of a song, but Hozier drains it of its blues-rock swagger and converts it into an emotional folk-pop ballad akin to something by Damien Rice. It’s pretty, and Hozier certainly puts his own stamp on it, but we can argue in the comments about whether it’s an improvement on the original. (It’s not.) Listen below.

Hozier’s self-titled debut album is out 10/7 on Rubyworks/Island.