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free music friday: nicole atkins
July 10, 2009, 11:32 am
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120908_nicoleatkinsNicole Atkins
‘Ben’ [Michael Jackson cover]

We really weren’t planning to post any more Michael Jackson covers, but then we heard that Wears The Trousers favourite Nicole Atkins was offering a free download of her version of ‘Ben’, MJ’s first ever solo #1 (in the US) in 1972. After years of having to suffer countless reality TV stars butchering the song (Eoghan Quigg, Ray Quinn, Connie Talbot – we’re glaring at YOU), we were glad to see someone we respect take on the song and turn it into a handsome tribute. In all honesty, Nicole’s version isn’t particularly groundbreaking or startling, and sounds as if could have been recorded at a soundcheck, but it’s not bad at all. Nicole is still in possession of one of indie-pop’s most impressive and distinctive voices, and we’re eagerly awaiting news of the completion of her second album, which surely must be sometime soon. Please? For now, ‘Ben’ is a nice reminder that she’s still around. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Nicole Atkins, ‘Ben’

visit Nicole at Myspace


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