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The verse sounds like “Every Breath You Take”
Sounds like they sampled/distorted Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”
There are two opposing schools of thought re: cover versions, both of which I find irritating. The first you note here: being so worshipful of the original that you make no meaningful changes. It is pointless to try to out-Zombie the Zombies. However, I find the other extreme just as bothersome: “covering” a song in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable. Cat Power is frequently guilty of the latter–see her versions of “Satisfaction” and “New York.” Musically, these covers are so far removed from the source material that I wouldn’t recognize them at all were it not for the lyrics.
The best covers are the ones that find a middle ground: They are recognizable but also distinct.
Petra Haden does a pretty incredible a capella cover of “Don’t Stop Believing”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw3GTTYgEV8
Agreed on Soft Pack. Other albums I think deserved more attention in 2010:
* Apollo Ghosts: Mount Benson
* Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be
* Sam Phillips: Long Play
* Sophie Hunger: 1983