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Morrissey's "Satellite Of Love" Cover Reviewed

Majestic Morrissey

Dang, Iman.  I know that he didn’t enjoy Morrissey’s cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love”, but I love it.  I personally believe that the man can do no wrong.  It’s either my extraordinary obsession with the man or the fact that I don’t dig the original all that much, but Moz did the song more good than Reed ever did.

His voice is lovely in every version of the cover he does.  It just fits it so well, and seems to be a comfortable song for his range.  The overpronunciation of the “t”s throughout the tune don’t even bother me because he makes up for it with his gruffness and natural sass.  He has a beautiful tone that Reed could simply never achieve, specifically showing in the verses.  Moz approaches them with passion whilst Lou was a bit too soft and didn’t quite sing it correctly to make it sound good.

I really don’t understand how someone who was a fan of Moz couldn’t like this version.  It’s beautiful and sounds like a song he would’ve written in the first place.  His flawlessness takes a mediocre song by a mediocre man to a brilliant song sung by a legend.  That transition is stunning, his vocals warm and strong and meaningful on top of the intensifying music.

Morrissey is great at everything he does, and that’s just solidified in this cover.  I take Iman’s C- grade and raise it to a solid A.  There’s no minor detail I don’t like or that doesn’t fit in this cover, and that is what makes this version a thousand times better than any one else’s could ever hope to be.

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