Is Adele a snooze? Maybe! Is she music’s Donald Trump? That seems harsh. She may be deep in her feels on “Hello,” but it’s a dynamic song with more emotional range than gray. See what it sounds like in the hands of a decidedly not-glum act—D.C.’s Backyard Band:
This cover falls squarely within the delightful go-go tradition of bands covering overwrought ballads by mainstream pop stars. I’m thinking of “Pieces of Me,” an Ashlee Simpson single that peaked briefly in 2004 before settling into used-bin obscurity. Rare Essence topped D.C. radio charts in 2012 with a redeeming cover. The song belongs to them now.