England is mine, it owes me a living

The Julie Powell of Morrissey
Oh man, this is great. A woman named Janice Whaley has decided to record a cover of every song by the Smiths as part of the Smiths Project. She’s aiming to do them all before the end of the year, which makes this kind of like the Julie & Julia of the Smiths. Just as Julie Powell is to indulgent foods, so Janice Whaley is to indulgent indie pop.

The San Francisco songstress has recorded over three dozen covers already, which you can listen to and download here. They’re largely a cappella and contain densely layered choral vocals. Below, I’ve posted “Still Ill,” which has always been one of my favourite Smiths songs. (Incidentally, tracks 6-9 on the Smiths’ self-titled album might be my favourite four-song run ever.)

MP3: “Still Ill”
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