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Listen: Ben Harper covers Mazzy Star’s “Fade into You”

on January 16, 2014, 10:35am

Ben Harper is known mainly for his guitar chops, but he’s putting down the axe for his contribution to Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 compilation album. Instead, he pulls up a piano stool and delivers a gentle cover of Mazzy Star’s 1994 single “Fade into You”.

It’s an interesting choice, considering the original version is driven as much by acoustic guitar as piano keys, but Harper is going for a different feel with his rendition. By paring the track down to slow, full piano chords, Harper imbues it with a haunting sense of loss. The wavering of his voice as he enters the chorus does little to mask the delicate sadness as he sings Hope Sandoval’s words. Take a listen below.

“Fade into You” is just one of 13 covers of popular love songs featured on Sweetheart 2014, available exclusively in Starbucks stores or digitally via Concord Music Group. While we’ve also already heard Vampire Weekend’s take on “Con te Partirò”, Beck do John Lennon’s “Love”, and Fiona Apple cover Anton Karas’s “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle”, the album also features contributions by Jim James and Phosphorescent. See the full tracklist below.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (The Carter Family cover)
07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09. Ben Harper – “Fade into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)