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Clark Colborn

Baba O’Riley (Digital Single)

Review by Jason Hillenburg

Clark Colborn's cover of "Baba O'Riley" makes an earnest effort to approximate the original. However, despite his fidelity, Colborn offers the song in a darker, almost muted shade. There is none of Daltrey's bombastic vocal touches. Instead, the production buries the vocals in the mix and his delivery echoes with a bitter, weary tone. If Townshend's narrator is ultimately triumphant, Colborn's take on the song offers no final victory.

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Track by Track Review
Baba O’Riley

While the song displays strong guitar work, the drumming is the musical highlight. Keith Moon's stamp on songs like this is so individual that any drummer playing classic Who songs is playing from an immediate disadvantage. However, Colborn's cover scales higher peaks thanks to outstanding percussion that probably comes closer to equaling Moon than any Who cover I've ever heard. Overall, this is an outstanding stab at remodeling a classic for a modern audience. It takes genuine bravery to cover a song like this, but Colborn succeeds.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

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