Truth be told, covers are a hit or miss. Yet in a not surprising fashion, Toronto’s Jessie Reyez does justice to the Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson classic “Crazy.” Inflicting a soulful and similar shade of pain that Cline belted out in 1961, Reyez’s vocals wrestle with the torment of attachment and descends towards an enlightened rumination, aided by Toronto’s Moose production.
Reyez takes the pain and “nostalgic swoon,” fitting from the track’s original time, and offers listeners more dimension than simply a neo-soul cover. It’s a crisp production that Reyez assertively takes hold of and implements a timeless ache. Reyez vocals glide, and in the same manner, command attention that begs for numerous re-listens.
With a personalized final touch that closes the track, and does away with a “damsel in distress” mentality, Reyez features a different aspect of crazy:
“On my mother. On my mother, every single ex has tried to come back. I’m trying to spare you suffering, stupid. And I know they say, ‘oh you know you’ll never forget me.’ This is different. I swear to God on your deathbed you’ll think of me whether I’m there or not.”
“Crazy” follows-up Reyez last single “Far Away,” taken from her upcoming album due next year, and will make an appearance on November 21 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as part of Apple Music’s Up Next program.