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Ben Folds – Such Great Heights (cover) (85)

December 9, 2009

I’ve not been a fan of Ben Folds solo. A little too righteous, a little too… adult contemporary? Which made this inventive and cheeky cover of the Postal Service’s Such Great Heights a surprise.

It works because it was recorded live. Once such stunts would have been truly one-off, where you had to be there or tune in at the right moment. Now the net ensures they are captured forever. This makes this cover a bit more audacious, for if such tomfoolery fell into a heap, more people knew.

Thankfully Folds finds a balance between novelty and ensuring his version reflects the original. At least until the last few seconds…

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