The music bloggers of the world have been freaking out a bit this summer because Radiohead is touring in support of their new album and because they’ve been capping off many shows with a run through “Creep,” their first big single. It’s exciting on many levels, but mostly because it is a reminder of just how timeless that song is. Even 20+ years later, the lyrics and ragged mood of that tune still resonates deeply.
That comes across even more with this version, recorded by Swedish pop outfit Ember Island. Reducing the song to its bare essentials – those potent words and the shattering beauty of the vocal melody – and leaving behind the big, boisterous guitar histrionics hasn’t hurt its cause one bit. Somehow, the impact is stronger and more pointed and much more heartbreaking.