There are few songs in existence that you have to blow us out of the water if your choose to cover and we explore one of those today. On today’s Valentine’s Day dive we are checking out a brand new take on “Nothing Compares 2 U” from Sarah Walk. Another graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Walk hailed from Minnesota but bounced back between LA and London (don’t we all). She quietly worked on her debut album, Little Black Book, with her producer Steve Brown and started off on her journey as a professional musician. Walk would also go on to release her second album, Another Me, using the album as a more self-investigative vehicle on her own views. The album explores themes such as women empowerment, vulnerability, entitlement, and toxic relationships through an open and honest conversation. Having wanted to cover Prince for some time now, now Sarah Walk provides her take on one of the most popular songs of all time, “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
“Truthfully, it had been a really long time since I heard ‘Nothing Compares 2 U, and I thought that may work in my favour – I didn’t want to get too inside the other versions that already existed because I wanted to make sure I approached it my own way. – Sarah Walk
Alright, first we have to admit something. We didn’t know that “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally created by Prince and not Sinead O’Connor. Easily one of the most influential and well-known love songs of all time, “Nothing Compares 2 U” is definitely not an easy track to cover, let alone cover this well. Wanting to make it more than a mere cover, Sarah’s version utilizes a more ethereal and haunting sound that fits more into the themes of introspection that she has been exploring more lately. Instead of focusing on the more traditional meaning of the hit song, Sarah’s cover strips back the production and lets us just focus on the performance. Each note permeates and impacts us, strengthening the track’s message and even perhaps aiding in the beginning of our own introspection.
I recorded the main wurly piano part first and sort of just improvised that ending build up – I liked the idea of repeating the title over and over, almost trance-like, with these ominous chords and angry guitar sounds building up behind it. I kept seeing this visual of me singing that repetitive lyric on stage, almost trying to convince myself I was okay… while the curtain opened up behind me without me knowing it, exposing all of the memories and anger and heartbreak I was really feeling but not able to accept or admit yet.” – Sarah Walk
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