SARA LOV | Well I Wonder (The Smiths)
I can’t say I know much about singer-songwriter Sara Lov, but she’s one of the artists featured on “Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths”, a 20-track double-CD tribute to the music of The Smiths, due out on December 13th. I’d written more extensively about this record back in October, but it doesn’t hurt to remind you about this cool idea. Click here to read the previous Their Bated Breath post with a full tracklist available. (Where you can also hear Stars’ version of “Asleep”.) As many of you have come to understand, The Smiths are my all-time favorite band, which means covers have to pass that difficult test that comes from those of us who would rather not hear our favorite songs reworked. However, as clean-sounding as this version of “Well I Wonder” is, I think it keeps that sense of elegance of the original. Lov’s inviting vocals seem the perfect complement to the gorgeous melodrama of Morrissey’s oh-so Moz verse, “Gasping, dying, but somehow still alive / This is the final stand of all I am / Please keep me in mind.” Thanks to Sara lov for posting this track for streaming at her official soundcloud page. You can pre-order your copy of the tribute record here. — David D. Robbins Jr.