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Caturday Covers – True Love Will Find You In The End

Posted: July 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Caturday Covers | Comments Off on Caturday Covers – True Love Will Find You In The End

Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You In The End
I’m semi-immune to the charms of Daniel Johnston, typically preferring my outsider artists a little more minstrilized or inscrutable, apparently. This song is such a perfect encapsulation of his worldview, songwriting style and overall cuteness, though, that it’s irresistible. Hence all the cover versions. But none of them can ever really achieve what the original does; the combination of his vocal perma-quaver and the lo-fi, airy bedroom recording is so inevitable that it already sounds like a cover: like some ancient standard that all 9-year-olds learn to play on the guitar and record on their Fisher-Price My First Portastudio. Or whatever. It sounds timeless, is what I guess I’m saying, and also perfectly in tune with what we understand Daniel Johnston to be.

Beck – True Love Will Find You In The End
This has that great shitty-old-guitar sound that Beck is so good at, and the harmonica is a nice touch, but the sad-Beck voice (90% adenoids, 5% phlegm, 3% Scientological training, 2% actual human sadness) gets a little cloying.

Wilco – True Love Will Find You In The End
Wilco gets the maddest props for actually turning this into a Wilco song rather than doing a Daniel Johnston impression (see below). Like the entire Beatles catalog, this was already screaming to be turned into a country song, so there’s an obvious inevitability to it. Though with a full band you do lose the ghostly, bedroom-recording quality–like, you find yourself thinking, “Well, at least he has friends to play in a band with!”

Spiritualized – True Love Will Find You In The End
Spiritualized has never really grabbed me, either, and this is such an obvious attempt to sing like Daniel Johnston that it’s presented here as a disgraceful footnote. Or it would be, except that the keyboards in the background are kind of nice.

Parenthetical Girls – True Love Will Find You In The End
Wonderful synth organ, and 100 points for being the Parenthetical Girls, of course. And Zac Pennington isn’t exactly trying to sound like Daniel Johnston, since he’d have to make a greater effort not to. I mean, it’s not like he’s faking a speech impediment! Is what I’m saying. This is sort of like what the song would sound like if Daniel Johnston controlled the mood deliberately and competently, rather than the mood being created as a side-effect of his musical/personal weaknesses. That sounds harsher than it’s intended–Editor, please fix!

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