John Mayer Covers Beyoncé and Actually Does Her Song Justice

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April 17 2014 12:22 PM

John Mayer Covers Beyoncé Surprisingly Well

While the slick, echoey electronic production of Beyoncé’s ballad “XO” perfectly complements the singer’s light, wistful vocals, the song also feels highly suited to other styles and instrumentations.

That’s probably why John Mayer’s recent live acoustic version of it works so well—the singer-songwriter has long been a purveyor of lilting vocals and nostalgic lyrics (as in “1983,” e.g.). For those, like me, who still enjoy listening to Room for Squares from time to time, his cover of “XO” is definitely worth a listen.

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(Via the Huffington Post.)

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.