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Tune of the Week – “Teardrops”

There are two ways to do cover versions. You can be faithful to the original and turn in a karaoke copy. Or you can take the original, strip it down to its bare bones and start all over again. The …

Thu, Jun 18, 2009, 10:40

   

There are two ways to do cover versions. You can be faithful to the original and turn in a karaoke copy. Or you can take the original, strip it down to its bare bones and start all over again. The XX have taken the latter approach.

You may or may not already have heard a bit about The XX so here’s the shorthand. Four kids from south London. Went to the Elliott Comprehensive, the same school which educated Burial, Hot Chip, Four Tet and The Maccabees. Released one drop-dead single already (you can see and hear “Crystalised” here). Recorded their debut album “XX”. Currently waiting for lift-off.

For the last few weeks, I just can’t seem to enough of The XX. It began when I heard the single. Then, I went off and scraped up every MP3 of theirs I could find online. Their debut album “XX” (which will be released in August) arrived the other week and has become one of my daily fixes.

But it’s this version of Womack & Womack’s Eighties classic which really takes my breath away. Others have covered it but The XX do so with great, moody panache. Their version is thrilling and chilling, an expert case of an act turning a song insideout without losing the run of themselves. When it comes to soundtracking the neon stumble of the wee small hours, you won’t do better than this.

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