Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Original vs. Cover: The Mommyheads & Jenny Toomey

The Mommyheads originally wrote and performed the song "Needmore, PA". Jenny Toomey took this tune and ran with it.

The original:

The cover:

My verdict: Jenny Toomey wins.

The melancholy nature of this song deserves a mellow touch. The Mommyheads' whimsical guitar work is skilled, but does not offer a respectful backdrop. Instead of tossing the words out there and then having a jam session, Jenny Toomey holds the lyrics differently. Her voice emotes as though she both understands and empathizes.

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