When I stumble on a cover, rarely am I familiar with the original. And I think that’s usually for the best. How frequently are your favorite tracks covered anyway? Mine? Can’t think of one. But I’ll fire off my favorite cover ever instantaneously. Across the Universe, originally a Beatles song – I found this out later than sooner – has been re-imagined a few times over; since I was never familiar with the original, I came into these tracks with an open mind. Both, are sophisticated and lovely, like I’ve discovered the first rendition is.
The operatic, classical, yet pop wizard Rufus Wainwright brings his classy style to the fab four’s original.