#19 thao, she & him – you’ve really got a hold on me

this smokey robinson classic has been covered many times, but this year two great indie folk acts have gotten in with their own versions. the first song that got me hooked on thao nguyen was the heartfelt “feet asleep”, an acoustic song that got itself an updated production for its appearance in this year’s we brave bee stings and all. that album, performed by thao and her band the get down stay down, was released earlier this year on cd, and later this august on lp, which is the version that features this cover. she & him, on the other hand, is a partnership between m. ward and zooey deschanel, also with a debut album this year titled volume one. i like how the two voices in the she & him version intertwine shyly, but also the momentum thao achieves on her’s. i really can’t decide which one i prefer, so here’s both songs. take your pick.

mp3: thao – you’ve really got a hold on me

mp3: she & him – you really got a hold on me

2 responses to “#19 thao, she & him – you’ve really got a hold on me

  1. The She & Him version is fantastic. Now all I need is a Tracks of My Tears cover from them!

  2. wow! haha closest we’ll get is cat power’s cover i guess…

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