James Blake - "A Case Of You" (Joni Mitchell cover)
In the last couple years, James Blake has proved his ability to transform a cover into an almost unrecognizable song. He’s done it twice before with Feist’s “Limit To Your Love” and his Dad James Litherland’s “Where To Turn” (which became “The Wilhelm Scream”). When he covered Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” the simple folk song evolved into a beautiful ballad.
There’s something about the way he plays the piano. Each deliberate strike of the keys compliment the emotion in his voice. Joni Mitchell sang the “Oh Canada” line beautifully, but when James Blake sings it, it cuts even deeper. And that’s how he continues on throughout his entire rendition. Because his delivery is a bit slower, each word in the song gets the proper chance to resonate, adding a depth to this cover that even Joni Mitchell fans can appreciate.