I have a weird fascination with bad songs, which are covered by capable musicians. It just proves that talent can take something as obvious, irritating or plain dumb as Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” – a really bad song, not really because of its lyrical content (filled with grammatical blasphemies as it is), but because how unsuitable for Miley’s voice it is along with the general cocky attitude.
In Bastille’s hands, the song finds a melancholic lull from front man Dan Smith’s gorgeous, tortured raspy voice and the edge from Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” sample in the beginning. Plus, the fact Bastille’s British lends the cover much needed class to counter the lyrics. Of course, I’m leaving out the best surprise towards the end… Just so I know you will be listening.