Fleetwood Mac has been a favorite of mine for... well, pretty much since I began listening to music. Stevie Nicks' voice takes me places I can't even begin to describe. And the song I'm featuring today, Storms, is one of my top ten (in my admittedly not-so-humble opinion). The lyrics speak to me at a depth that bypasses reason. Written by Stevie herself, it appeared in the album Tusk (1979), better known for Sara and the title track—and which, by the way, has just been remastered into a five-CD, two-LP, and one-DV deluxe version!
Having said what I said about Stevie's voice, you can understand I go pale at the thought of pitting her against anyone... So here are two cover versions of Storms for your listening pleasure (well, I hope it's 'pleasure'...), both from 2012.
First up: American rock duet Best Coast.
And now with male vocals, Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
If the above video doesn't work in your browser, here's another version (thanks, Lee!):
And another one (thanks, Cathy!):
(Funnily enough, neither of these versions are "available" for me... Go figure :D )
There you have it, folks. Which version do you prefer? Are you going with Best Coast because of Bethany Cosentino's vocals? Did the Sweeney & 'Prince' version win you over with its mellowness? Which one do you think does the original most justice? Which one turns an oldie into something new? And, tangentially, do you fall in love with music for the music itself, or for the lyrics? Or is it a combination? Are there any songs you love the lyrics of but hate the music—or vice versa?
Looking forward to your feedback, and thanks for coming by!
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