Lianne La Havas | Twice (Little Dragon Cover)
There’s a reason why so many Little Dragon fans would call “Twice” their favorite song from the group (as it is mine), and yet I can’t recall a major artist trying to cover it. First, it’s a difficult song to sing. It isn’t necessarily the range needed — but rather the sentiment. It’s a really delicate track, tinged with fragility and hurt — and the heights are reached in nuanced, small moments that must be elegantly expressed rather than tackled or belted out. Lianne La Havas, a 2012 Mercury Prize nominee, tested her skills against it — coming as close to the beauty of the track as original singer, Yukimi Nagano. Though this isn’t Nagano and Little Dragon, it’s a cover to be savored. We have In The Woods and their 2013 Barn Sessions to thank for it. — David D. Robbins Jr.