Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind – Bettye LaVette – This isn’t the best song on the album but it works in stark contrast to both Dylan’s original and Rod Stewart’s blueprint. Rod wins the war but Bettye joins the battle with a bluesy intensity and sexually predominantly strong take.
Beautifully Tragic – Escape The Fate – The album isn’t much and even this song doesn’t really happen, but the guitar is splendid and ringing, like a metal McGuinn.
Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves – I am not crazy about the album but this song? As clever a lyric as you’ll ever hear, especially the bit where her Grandma cries when she gets a nose ring.
I Have A Need for Solitude – Mary Chapin Carpenter – This is much better than the guitar heavy original from 2010 it is much quieter and the guitar is ambient as she whispers the words. This is one of the best songs of the year.
Look What You Made Me do – Kids Bop Kids – Sparer than the original, it finds the song at the heart of the Taylor arrangement
Wink – The Voidz – This is the Strokes after shock treatment.
Your Love Is My favorite Band – The Vaccines – Not the Dawes but not a bad take on a fresh concept.