Not so long ago Robyn covered the goddess Björk’s “Hyperballad.” Now from Robyn’s session for BBC4’s On Track With SEAT comes her take on the god Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” aka the most experimental Billboard #1 the world will ever know. (Feel free to contest that claim, but come with evidentiary backup.) To wit, Robyn’s version rides on a synth line through the verses, which doesn’t feel out of place except when you remember that the original’s verses are just Prince’s voice over a beat. The 1984 track’s melody and performance and production are so overpowering that by the time the verse hits your mind’s ear is already implying the underlying chord progression, and while you’re filling that in, Prince has all the more space to flex and intone. It’s a musical sleight of hand that never fails to make me shake my head side to side (gently).
Anyway, Robyn’s generally wonderful, and so here she is, a wonderful and adventurously prodigious pop talent in her own right paying homage to The Artist with a sultry, keyboard heavy version of a stone cold classic. Watch it, download it:
(via Some Kind Of Awesome)
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