I emailed a link to this song to my wife and she replied, perhaps a bit sharply, that I sure have a thing for Swedish pop stars. Sure enough, especially when you hear a track like “Jesus Was a Crossmaker,” Frida Hyvönen’s cover of a track first recorded by lesser-known folk artist Judee Sill back in the ’70s. It’s also been covered by artists as diverse as The Hollies, Warren Zevon and Rachael Yamagata, but I doubt the Swede’s take will be topped. And I know I’ve used the word “majestic” to describe other songs, but its truly apt here, in a pearly-gates kind of way. Hallelujah.
Frida Hyvönen: Jesus Was a Crossmaker (from Pitchfork)
from the upcoming CD Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill
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