Though most people who are serious about their music would rate Jeff Buckley’s version more highly — and there is really something magnificent and mesmerizing about the Buckley cover — I have a soft spot for Crowe’s cover. Her voice reminds me of a young k.d. lang, and there’s a simplicity about the way she’s arranged the piano work in this piece that uncovers another side to the song.
This is a maddeningly catchy piece of J-Pop whose lyrics I will leave you to research on your own. This would have been posted yesterday, but some miscreant scribbled all over the database, again, so I got to spend my night rebuilding things. Yay. Anyway, I encountered this track the last time I was in Japan, over the closing credits of a thoroughly silly yet technically rather accurate Japanese version of “ER” (“Kyumei Byoto 24-ji,” for those of you with a penchant for looking stuff up), and sadly it has remained stuck in my head ever since.