On 28th November 2011 at 21:39 Jimmy Horrigan wrote...
You've totally captured the song in words there Rebecca, spot on. The angst is definitely there still but like you say, the re-working gives it a new coat.
By Little Roy
After performing the track on Jools Holland in October (along with a wonderful rendition of 'Heart shaped Box') there has been a great deal of anticipation surrounding the release of Little Roy's take on Nirvana favourite 'Lithium' and the single doesn't disappoint. The track is deconstructed expertly and then re-pieced delicately held together by the beautifully tropical harmonies during the chorus. Yet the minimalist percussion undermines the funkiness of the vocal arrangement meaning some of Kurt's original gloom is still seething beneath the surface. Twenty years on since the release of Nevermind and with the public interest in grunge spiking again it is good to hear Nirvana sounding fresh and interesting once again thanks to the reggae veteran. Little Roy's 'Lithium' is an upbeat and beautifully worked homage to one of the most broodingly subtle songs of the nineties.