I’d file this under things I wouldn’t have expected to have heard today but I’ve spent most of the day sleeping off an epic as fuck sold out Dresden Dolls show where one of the last songs of the night was a brilliant cover of “War Pigs.” Regardless, while that may have primed me a bit for unconventional takes on metal classics, Macy Gray was an interesting name to see pop up n my press release inbox today alongside the more usual heavy fare like Gatecreeper ‘s new song at Bloody Disgusting , new Candiria music or Preorder links for the new Scorpions live in Munich DVD.
But, as the world is at times an interesting place and Macy Gray is extremely talented (even if I haven’t heard anything she has done sadly since the first Spider-man movie in 2002! Sorry, Macy), today I got an email promoting Macy Gray covering “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. As a jazz song.
I know what you are thinking. It sounds more like something Metallica would’ve reimagined and done themselves a number of years ago before they stopped making as many questionable decisions as possible and started really trying their best to kick ass again, but all that aside this Macy Gray version of a song you know VERY well if you are remotely a metalhead is really kind of cool and different. She managed to somehow change the slow and slightly overwrought but very emotionally connective power of the original and transform it into a smoky lounge song that emphasized the longing at the song’s heart.
I have some fond memories of my sister Cambria buying her breakthrough cassette and our family playing it during a particularly fond dinner memory of a nice night when our father and a friend’s family’s patriarch were both still alive before cancer took them both (albeit years apart). I suggest you give this unique cover a chance and maybe add it to some laid back or conversational evening’s soundtrack of your own.
Gray’s new jazz-infused album Stripped promises to be ,”an intimate offering recorded live on high resolution audio in a decommissioned Brooklyn church around one binaural microphone”.