Recycle It!: Bryn Christopher Soulfully Tackles Portishead's 'Sour Times'

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where oh where is Bryn Christopher? Hopefully, I will not have to place his mug on the back of the milk carton and that he is indeed working hard to follow up his 2008 debut, My World, giving us more of that old time soul religion. While we wait and ponder the essence of his MIA abilities, let's look back at a cover that has truly been one of my favorite song transformations. By now you should note that I dig when a soul artist dabbles in rock or alternative music. It's something I think a lot of soul artists should do instead of the usual template of infusing their sounds with hip-hop...but I digress. On Bryn's debut, the man tackled Portishead's 1994 classic, "Sour Times". The original is already perfect as is...


...but when Mr. Christopher does it, the song is warmed up but with a bluesier edge that gives this song new life. A brass exterior and Bryn's gravely wails also give his version that extra kick.

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