Recycle It!: Erik Hassle Acoustically Takes On Cooke's Classic

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


So let's just say I am a purist of Sam Cooke and especially of his signature testament, the 1964 classic, "A Change Is Gonna Come." Especially of that splendid beginning where Cooke's voice oozes with such painstaking fervor, almost like he was told that this was the last song he was ever going to sing, and that he'd better make it a good one, and thus, he just gave it his all, and he did it so explosively in just the first few bars. Ever since hearing the song (as a wee pigtailed thing mind you), nobody has really compared, barely hinting at the vocal acrobatics of Cooke. I am not budging even with Erik Hassle, but he captured the attention span with his acoustic cover of the raging soul number that I couldn't help but say, "well, this is one of the best versions I've heard, so far" (well, next to Leela James'). Hassle is no stranger to digging in the crates for acapella inspiration as the Swedish singer/guitarist, has covered the likes of Peter Gabriel, The Strokes and even giving Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" (*cough* making it sound like an actual song *cough*) the Hassle touch. While us Americans await for Hassle's debut, Pieces, to arrive this summer, take a listen at what type of voice you'll be dealing with, if you haven't heard already. [via HCM]

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