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Phoebe Bridgers’ Version of The Gold is Better Than the Original

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The world has gotten plenty of Phoebe Bridgers since her debut Stranger in the Alps dropped last year. Bridgers, in many ways, might be one of the strongest artists to come out in the past decade, so any praise she receives is definitely warranted. Though, last year she dropped a stunning cover of the Manchester Orchestra track “The Gold,” and it’s truly wonderful.

Where the original track had this folk rock vibe, the Bridgers version has this eloquent piano that dances as her vocals seem to appear from the darkness. The Manchester Orchestra version is like a beautiful race to the end of the line. This version is closer to a slow stride towards a light that may or may not be the beginning or end of a path. The beautifully written song only hits twice as hard here, with Bridgers’ haunting vocals softly embracing the lyrics, so much so that it longs for it to hopefully be heard live.

You can stream the track on all streaming platforms. Phoebe Bridgers is on tour with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus beginning Sunday November 4 at Ryan Auditorium in Nashville until November 30 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. You can see a full list of her tour dates here, and you can purchase Stranger in the Alps from Dead Oceans

Image Credits: Photo by Lera Pentelute.

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David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.

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