Folk? Soul? James Mercer's Got It Covered







Does James Mercer have any hobbies, like a stamp collection or something? It’s hard to imagine he has time, what with all the great music he's making. Exhibits A and B, Smokey Robinson’s "You Really Got A Hold On Me" (seen above from Irving Plaza last week) and his take on Neil Young's "Journey Through The Past" which is streaming here. His grasp on Young's ballad is a testament to James' vocal abilities. Flying solo except for a piano, Mercer belts it out with subtle emotion. The video for his ode to Smokey is a little fuzzy but leaves no question, Mercer’s got some soul. (Via TwentyFourBit)

Folk? Soul? James Mercer's Got It Covered