At the movies recently, I caught the trailer for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which featured Sixpence None the Richer's cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." Without even hearing the whole song, I realized that, once again, the band's taste in pop songs is matched only by their ability suck all the life out of them and leave them blandly pretty. As with their version of the La's "There She Goes," they robbed the song of all its texture. Their songs are like a vacuous model, a pretty surface but no personality.
At least they haven't discovered David Mead yet. "Girl on the Roof" from
his 2001 disc Mine and Yours would have been a perfect summer single
if anyone had stumbled across it.