You have to feel for Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose sexy croon is such an anchor to the original hard edged version of “Do I Wanna Know?” off recent release AM. Unfortunately for Mr. Turner, no one recording today is crooning quite as sexily as Sam Smith. In a live cover for Zane Lowe, Smith takes the stripped-down reverb of the original and strips it down further, clearing space for his unmatchable voice. Within the first minute he reveals his incredible range as he jumps from sultry whisper to a belted chorus and, of course, that falsetto. Even as the instrumentation kicks up, the most impressive instrument in the room has to be Smith’s vocal chords which stretch and contract and finally provide a jaw dropping finale, which should leave any listener shaking their head and saying, “Poor, poor Alex.”
Stream Sam Smith’s cover of “Do I Wanna Know?” below and pick up a copy of his Nirvana EP.
STREAM: Sam Smith – “Do I Wanna Know? (Arctic Monkeys Cover)”