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Day 4: a song that makes you sad

It’s a brave man who takes a Kylie Minogue teenage heartbreak anthem from 1989 and turns it into something with integrity far deeper than the original. José González, it would appear, is that man.  I saw him live in Bristol in 2006, and his talent for covers was abundantly clear when he took on both Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.  ‘Hand On Your Heart’ is in a class of its own though, and to me is three minutes and fifty seconds of total, world-ending sadness.

 

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