MP3: Relief (R. Kelly Cover) by Sam Amidon

With a banjo, a warbly voice and some sparsely lush orchestration (courtesy of wunderkind Nico Muhly), itinerant folkie Sam Amidon turns R. Kelly’s relatively forgettable R&B tune “Relief” into something entirely different and all together moving. In his hands it feels less like a song and more like a gospel reading, meant to ease the minds of a confused and disillusioned congregation. Where the nightly news brings unrelenting word of rising death tolls, fresh and irreversible ecological disasters, new outbreaks of violence and disease, Amidon’s voice gently pushes through the coal-black smoke and for a second, just a single second, it feels like all that stuff, all that sad stuff that has somehow become an inseparable part of living in this world, was just a bad dream. What a relief that would be.

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Sam Amidon :: Relief ft. Beth Orton (R. Kelly Cover)


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