When you think about it, Kanye West’s “Only One” is damn near impossible to cover. With its intensely personal meaning — Ye has said the lyrics were sung to him from his late mother’s perspective — it’s hard to imagine copying something that’s so specific to someone’s own experience.
Same goes for the Jack Antonoff-fronted band Bleachers, who trade Auto-Tune for saxophone on their fantastic version of the ballad. In the video — recorded for Transmitter — the band sets up shop in a smoke-filled room, giving their no-frills performance a fittingly dark vibe.
Antonoff’s deep, super raw vocals are front and center until the mighty sax solo works its way in. It sounds like something that shouldn’t work, but let Bleachers prove you wrong.