Modern Day Standards: “Use Somebody”

It seems like Kings of Leon’s still charting hit “Use Somebody” has tapped into the collective consciousness and is gradually becoming a new pop “standard”.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCZfJ5ai07U]

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With its soulful melody, yearning lyrics, and anthemic echoes this song has become a favorite cover for singers across genres. My favorite cover I’ve stumbled across so far is Bat for Lashes’ characteristically atmospheric and moody version she performed on BBC Radio 1:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y10cEM353k]

I also love British soul singer V.V. Brown’s loose and low-key acoustic version:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_H99E6Kj5A]

I expect to hear more versions of this tune surface before the year is through. You too can expect this to be the new request overheard and overplayed at a local Karaoke bar near you!

Julia

Producer, Branded Music/Voice Talent

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