State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Cover Me: Frank Ocean

Have you ever listened to a song for the first time and thought, “I didn’t realize until right now but this is all I ever wanted in my life”? Well that’s what this cover of Bad Romance did to me.

I was trolling tumblr, putting off schoolwork, the usual, when I stumbled upon this little gem here. I think the reasons are endless as to why this cover is one of the best things to ever happen to me. First, I love when guys cover songs that are originally sung by women. With this cover, I feel like it brings new life to the song and gives it more depth and a strong emotional connection to the listener.

Second, this version is much cooler than the original. Ocean’s smoother-than-caramel voice and the piano accompaniment give the song a more coffeehouse vibe, rather than the crazy insane Gaga presence it previously demanded. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the original. I’m just saying this cover is the cooler, older brother that listens to vinyls and wears those cool suede boots; there’s just something about it that you simply cannot resist.