Published on February 2nd, 2012 | by Chase Larson0
“Billie Jean” — The Civil Wars
With the age of YouTube spurring rampant genre crossover among other shifting musical trends, artists young and old have tried their hand at performing daring and innovative covers of Michael Jackson’s impressive repertoire of hits over the years. One of the most successful attempts in recent memory — and let’s be honest, most sexy — is The Civil Wars’ heartfelt rendition of “Billie Jean.”
With a sparse take on the tune (literally a guy, a girl and a guitar), Joy Williams and John Paul White put a folksy, subtly swinging spin on the dance floor standard. The duo has an uncanny ability to strip down songs to their bare essence, ultimately exploring what made the tunes so great in the first place. The lyrics appear a little more poignant as well, with the male/female call-and-response dynamic taking on the tone of a pleading conversation.
Perhaps it’s presumptuous, but one can only imagine the King of Pop nodding in approval.