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Singer/Songwriter Anna Rose Covers Arcade Fire (MP3)

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As she works on the follow-up to her debut album, last year’s Nomad, singer/songwriter Anna Rose has recorded a striking, sensuous cover of Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage,” which is currently available as a free MP3 download.

The way Arcade Fire plays it on Neon Bible, the song is fraught with manic, unnerving anguish; a nagging, clangorous thud incessantly ratcheting up the unease until an orchestral crescendo snuffs it out altogether.

Deconstructing it down to its rhythmic core, Anna Rose turns “My Body is a Cage” into something more carnal in comparison. The sonic chaos of the original is muted, yet its tension—like pent-up, erogenous longing—persists like a steady, pulsing ache for which there is no reprieve, much less a resolution.

In her live performances Anna Rose has covered tracks like “Jolene” (Dolly Parton) and “Manic Depression” (Jimi Hendrix), but “My Body is a Cage” is the first one of which she’s released a proper studio recording. It takes guts for an emerging artist to interpret a work by one of the most critically-acclaimed bands on the planet. And as with any cover the minimum objective is to at least do it justice; this artist has not only succeeded in that, but has put her own inspired stamp on the song as well.

 

MP3: Anna Rose – “My Body is a Cage” [Arcade Fire cover]

 

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Donald Gibson is the publisher of www.writeonmusic.com and a freelance music journalist whose byline has appeared in such publications as No Depression, Spinner, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Cinema Sentries, Blinded by Sound, and Blogcritics, where he was the Senior Music Editor (2011-2012) and Assistant Music Editor (2008-2011).
  • Jaim

    It was really amazing. It was akin to Patti Smith and Bjork singing “(I Can’t Get No)Satisfaction”. I liked the edge.