Even if you aren’t a Michael Jackson fan, it’s hard to resist singing along to Billie Jean, isn’t it? Especially the chorus. That is definitely some catchy stuff. So many musicians have covered the song, from Chris Cornell to Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, and I recently found a cover by the extremely talented Aloe Blacc. To say Blacc’s version is a great cover is an understatement – it is absolutely, without a doubt, brilliant. Don’t kill me for saying this, but it even beats the pants off MJ’s original.
Blacc has used a string section to create a song that is simply perfection. He has taken a fun dance song and turned it into a beautiful jazz/blues song that you just want to listen to over and over again. Which version do you prefer?