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love is blindness

I almost always like originals better than covers. Here's an exception:

Cassandra Wilson singing U2's “Love Is Blindness.”

The original is, I think, one of the most neglected tracks on one of U2's most critically-praised albums, and I think Cassandra Wilson shows why: she can sing the blues in a way that Bono, for all his “I can't sing but I've got soul” soulfulness, can't.

This is the album on which she sings it, and I would have bought the album just for that track even if the rest of it weren't worth listening -- which it is, and then some.

January 21, 2006 in Music | Permalink

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Hello, I actually colaborate in a u2's program on radio in Mexico City and we are preparing something different as well 'cos U2 going to play in our city in febrery and ..well, I listen the cover of "Love is.." and your words are exactly what we want to say about this cover song.. If you agree.. can We quoute you on our little radio show? :)

Thanx.

Posted by: Coca | Jan 28, 2006 6:34:11 PM

Coca,

Thanks for your comment! You're very welcome to quote me -- that is, if you can't bring me out there to go on your show and then see U2 there. ;)

Hey, a gal can dream, right?

Enjoy the U2 show! I saw them at Madison Square Garden and again at an indoor arena in Washington D.C., but I hear the stadium shows provide an unbelievable level of energy and spectacle. I'm envious!

Posted by: Sarah Dylan Breuer | Jan 28, 2006 6:54:07 PM

hey! I like to bring you here, but :( I can't...

Thank you so much.

I Like your blog, surely I'll read this often.

Thank you so much again.

(ah We goin' to transmit the radio show next saturday, you can listen in www.imagen.com.mx at 5:00pm, Central Time.. if you want to hear your quote in spanish, hehe).

Posted by: Coca | Jan 30, 2006 1:18:27 AM

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