Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Who Was Your Friend

Daniel Johnston is a magnificent songwriter. While his voice may be off-putting for some, his genious is almost unparalleled. The perfect remedy to this may very well be the final track off Matthew Good's newest album, 'Hospital Music'. Performing a cover of Johnston's Iconic track, 'True Love Will Find You In The End', Matthew Good's smooth, reverb drenched vocals cascade over a calculated strumming guitar, adding a coat of polish and a personal touch to the decade-plus old 'classic'. While it may not be quite as good as the original, it may very well introduce fans of mainstream radio to the works of Daniel Johnston, or, at the very least, give people an appreciation of Daniel Johnston's work, even if they don't know it.

Posted is the original Johnston track, as well as the updated Matthew Good track. Decide for yourself which is better. And while you're at it, pick up Hospital Music. It's definitely a welcome surprise, and features an amazing first single, in Born Losers. Also, for good measure, the Beck cover of True Love, from 'The Late Great Daniel Johnston'. Just for the hell of it.

Maybe you should also buy some of Daniel Johnston's back catalog. If you can find it...

Daniel Johnston - True Love Will Find You In The End
Matthew Good - True Love Will Find You In The End
Beck - True Love Will Find You In The End

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