the Buzz for October 16th, 2011


Nina Simone — “Angel of the Morning”
(from The Essential Nina Simone, Vol. 2) — Angel of the Morning - Essential Nina Simone, Vol. 2 (Remastered)

Of course, having been reared on Juice Newton’s smash (and smashing) cover of Merilee Rush’s lovely ’60s pop standard, I’m partial to that one. (The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde has also been known to do a pretty damn fine job with this one.) But even though Simone stubbornly refuses to follow the melody with her own vocal performance, and I would most likely find that irrefutably irritating coming from a lesser talent, I find myself rather charmed by this kooky, oddly captivating take on a classic.