I’ve been a huge fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for quite some time now and am very familiar with the full version of this song, “Soft Shock.” Somehow I never stumbled upon the acoustic version until someone shared it with me this week.
The soft string plucking of the acoustic version, replacing the original’s electric piano is brilliant. The melancholy violin and strings mimicking Karen O‘s vocals bring a fresh new sound to the song. My love is renewed.
It’s not often you get to hear Karen O’s voice so soft-spoken and free of her memorable wailing. It’s comforting to know I love her just as much without all the frills.