Sebzzz – Self Esteem (Offspring Cover)

This was thrown at me through a twitter user and I couldn’t not post a review. I’m a huge fan of covers in general and I have been listening to The Offspring since their first single dropped. read more

The Amplifires – Gimme Shelter

I seriously love the original Stones version of this song. So I’m always excited to listen to covers of it. This is one of the most original covers I’ve ever heard. While they elected to keep the pacing and melody of the song just about every thing else is just a sconce different. For instance, the guitars are a butt load more grungy and edgy. It was a really good way to modernize the song. The drum line doesn’t sound like it was messed with much, which in my opinion is a good thing. What really makes this cover stand out is the vocal track. I think this is the first version of the song I’ve heard with a female vocalist. It’s an interesting change up from the dusty vocals of Jagger or even the garbled vocal style of Wes Scantlin (Puddle of Mudd).

In this reviewers humble opinion it’s a very creative choice in covers. You need a certain amount of gravitas to really make it work. While I really liked the music track and the variations they went with to make this song their own, I’m not sold on the female vocals. I love her voice, don’t get me wrong. She has an amazing range and a nice clear sound to her voice. But for me the match wasn’t quite there. That being said, I was certainly entertained by the song and because I liked all the elements I am down to listen to more. In fact they list “Hash Pipe” on their reverbnation page. I fully intend to listen to that as soon as I’m done with this review. My suggestion is listen to this song and then check out more of their work on one of the links below.


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