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Father John Misty covers Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box"

16 February 2015, 10:15 | Written by Laurence Day

Father John Misty, the lovelorn alter-ego of J. Tillman, has unveiled a restrained cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box".

The original's stuffed with Kurt Cobain's gnarled growl and frequent eruptions of bittersweet grunge, but Tillman's rendition sees him achieve the same sense of yearning and troubled romance via different means. He guns for the subdued, using the obvious lack of outbursting to summon tension, and his own strained vocal chords to convey the obsession.

Tillman's new LP I Love You, Honeybear joined a select few releases already in the running for album of the year when it dropped last week. In our 9.5/10 review, we said that "I Love You, Honeybear is love not as a transformative experience or something that enables the person or persons in love to undergo a metamorphosis; it’s warts-and-all love, an admission that being in love might make you happier that you’re with someone who loves you back (and, importantly, understands and accepts your flaws) but it doesn’t change your worldview, your pessimistic nature, your self-destructive traits – just as you are unable to change your partner’s particular characteristics by falling in love."

I Love You, Honeybear is out now on Sub Pop

Listen to "Heart Shaped Box" box below.

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