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John Legend & The Roots: "Wake Up" (Arcade Fire Cover) (Video)

 

While being filmed for American Express' Unstaged series by Spike Lee last week, John Legend and company covered Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" the titular inspiration for their joint album, Wake Up!. The cover is above, and it's pretty soulful, but it sort of lacks the power in the choruses of the original. But that's to be expected; I can't think of one group that could cover this perfectly. The horns are a nice touch, too. 

 

 

Wake Up! is out now. 

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"If there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible. And what I really wanted to hear, after a stretch of raucous sing-alongs, was a bit of swing, some empty space, and palpable bass frequencies—in other words, attributes of African-American popular music." -- Sasha Frere-Jones
Remember 2007, when people were afraid that indie rock had gotten too white?
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2007/10/22/071022crmu_music_frerejones

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This is a really tough song to cover.

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Kinda just glad we're hearing the track that inspired the album.

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Man, I cannot wait to see them at House of Blues in Chicago for Dare2Dream! Going to be ILL!!!!!

Reilly

nothing beats the original, but it's definitely powerful in its own way. i love how the soulfulness sort of gives it a different vibe.

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it really is strange to hear an arcade fire song done in a way that isn't wall-to-wall bombast. slowing it down on the verses kind of takes the wind out of the sails, but this is still pretty damn good.

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