Regina Spektor’s latest, “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas),” is a cover of a song first written by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel back in 1959. The original ballad has inspired many artists over the past 50 years, including Sting, Nina Simone, Ray Charles and Edith Piaf, to create their own renditions of the song. Spektor already took a stab at “Don’t Leave Me” on 2002’s Songs but recorded a brand new version for her upcoming sixth LP, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. Her delightful, upbeat take on the track is the first I’ve come across that doesn’t mimic the painfully sad tone of Brel’s original. What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, drops May 29th via Sire/Warner Bros.
STREAM: Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”