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The Sound of Silence – then and now

Back in 1964, a couple of guys made a song in which they criticized society for remaining silent in the light of capitalism and exploitation. At least, that’s how I’ve always understood it. The song became a hit, and is still played on the radio. “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel is a song of which the lyrics convey a sense of dissent, frustration. Anger perhaps.
But somehow, when you hear “The Sound of Silence”, this anger isn’t really clear.

One guy decided to cover “The Sound of Silence” and posted the clip on Youtube in december 2015. I discovered the clip last week. Surprisingly, the song was on the radio a few days later, being introduced as “something totally different”. Covering a song is a pretty risky thing to do for an artist. Most often, you’ve got to exceed expectations. When a song is considered “cover worthy”, it usually sets the bar pretty high.

And indeed, the cover IS quite different. It’s stronger. It’s fierce. It’s pure and raw. The anger which I think is implied within the lyrics (and which Simon and Garfunkel just couldn’t utter) is so much more present in this version.

Disturbed, the artist, has taken the original, spun it around a few times and GREATLY improved it. Watch the videos below:

The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel (1964)

The Sound of Silence – Disturbed (2015)

 

 

6 Comments

  • May 22, 2017 - 4:59 am | Permalink

    I have the original version and thats what I like, it is subtle

  • May 22, 2017 - 5:37 am | Permalink

    Yes, great cover! And I love the original. Hearing a good cover from songs that are in your heart are rare. This is one.

  • May 22, 2017 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Amazing song! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • May 22, 2017 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Excelente

  • May 22, 2017 - 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Love this song! Nice choice!

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