Good Cover Version: The Black Angels Does The Beach Boys

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

The mirror cracked from side to side, and what was lurking underneath the broken glass was this Black Angels cover of the Beach Boys classic "Good Vibrations." The Austin outfit's masterful psychedelic reworking of the surf pop standard is, of course, coated in a murky, fuzzy haze, with more dead of night darkness than seaside sunshine. And that's what makes this cover such a winner.  

[posted 4.30.17]


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