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I do love when a genre gets turned on its ear… and Chamberlin has done just that. Their newest contribution to their cover catalog is a version of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” and is a definite contrast to the original version.

 

While the covers contained on their Cabin Covers EP were all folksy renditions of the original tunes, they were still essentially adherent to the structure of the source material. With, “You Can Call Me Al,” Chamberlin have taken the upbeat Simon chart-topper and made it a brooding, melancholy southern-rock song. The beauty of the original was in the contrast of an energetic pop-format concealing the pensive and philosophical whimsy of the lyrics— but with Chamberlin’s rendition the song feels more quiet and introspective, building up tension in the verses and bursting into the chorus while Simon’s version was more of a straight line tonally.

 

As per usual, you’re definitely going to need to formulate your own opinion of the change— but the band has made it rather easy for you to do so: the song is available as a free download on their SoundCloud site. Have a listen!

 

 

 

And if you want to hear more from the band, check out our review of the band’s EP Look What I’ve Become here.

 

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