Track of the Day: 'Enjoy the Silence' by Nada Surf
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.
Lance goes with a cross-subgenre pick—Nada Surf’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”:
I love this song because it takes a classic synthpop song and turns it into a classic power pop song. When I listen to the original, it’s hard for me to imagine it as a power pop song; when I listen to the cover, it’s hard for me to imagine it as a synthpop song. The Nada Surf arrangement works on its own, without depending on knowledge of the original for its effect.
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