Track of the Day: ‘Toxic’ by Joseph

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

I’m really excited about these transformative cover songs—as an a cappella alumna, I love it when people rework songs and fit them to their own styles. My latest favorite cover is Joseph's cover of Britney Spears’s “Toxic” from a few years ago. They’ve nixed the sliding, sleazy electronicized strings that were stuck in my head for all of the sixth grade and highlighted their harmonies and moody tendencies. Complete with folksy oh-oh-whoas and layered pleas to “intoxicate me, I think I’m ready now” that is somehow less sexualized than the original lyrics, these sisters from Oregon take this song in a different direction that still has a lady-power vibe but in a totally different way.

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