I like watching covers of “A Change Is Gonna Come” on YouTube. This is one of the best I’ve seen in a while:
The song is hard — really hard. It doesn’t have much structure, so the artist has to have a clear vision for interpreting it. They also need serious chops to make those high notes not sound like yawping. You can tell if someone is good if they can tackle this song.
As for Erik Hassle — he’s starting to blow up. His debut album just came out in the UK after hitting #2 on the charts in Sweden, where he also won a Swedish Grammy for best newcomer. I liked that he injected the same soulfulness into his cover of S.O.S., a song that I just cannot take seriously:
And, oh heck, here’s his cover of La Roux’s In For The Kill:
He has an above average electropop single out called “Hurtful.” It’s tragic how the music production makes his voice sound so ordinary: