The Fray cover Kanye West’s Heartless

Well I received this track in my inbox this morning and I’m not entirely sure what I think of it.  On one hand I really liked the Kanye original because at points during the song his voice would break down like he was literally reliving the heartbreak.  On the other hand I didn’t really love the Kanye original because of the fact that, at least in my mind, Kanye should stick to what he does best, that being gallivanting around as a rap master, and leave the singing to the pretty boys.  And speaking of pretty boys, here we have The Fray, a band that actually made their name by singing, covering Heartless.  I wanted really badly for this to be a superb cover.  I wanted it to drip with emotion and have a rough and heartbroken feel.  The only problem is that it doesn’t.

mp3 : The Fray – Heartless (Kanye West Cover)

What you will find here is smooth vocals, instrumentation, and generally a good cover song.  What you will not find here, at all, is any reason to think that this is better than the original.

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8 thoughts on “The Fray cover Kanye West’s Heartless”

  1. There was a pretty good cover of Heartless on American Idol last night. I wish I knew the name of the kid but my roommate was watching it and I just happened to go in the kitchen when he came on. Randy Jackson said it was much better than The Fray’s cover. He sang it with much more emotion.

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  2. Kris Allen covered it on Idol. It’s kinda sad that I know that, but we started watching Idol this year for Kris. He’s a local guy. He’s actually done some decent twists this year—giving Donna Summer a stripped down Santana-ish sound, doing Ain’t No Sunshine as a piano ballad, and attempting Falling Slowly from the movie Once.

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  3. Kris Allen’s “Heartless” cover was probably the highlight of that top 3 nite a couple eves ago on AI. (Aren’t all the Idolizers just coming out of the online woodwork here? Ha.)

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  4. @everyone who apparently thought Idol was awesome. i listened to the track and, although it was nice, i’d put it directly alongside this cover by The Fray. they’re singing a song called Heartless and they couldn’t seem to find a way to put some, er, heart into it.

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  5. wow… I didn’t realize people still watched American Idol… I like that Jon referred to it as AI, because for a brief second it made me think about the AI Director in Left 4 Dead instead of American Idol… I love video games.

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