‘GYPSY' (FLEETWOOD MAC COVER) - HANA VU - [Song Review]
The mystery and magic surrounding Stevie Nicks have captivated me for many years. Her hypnotic performances and vocal abilities have made me fall in love over and over again. Her place in the pantheon of female performers is firmly established in my mind.
Now that we have established my musical crush and just straight up respect I have for this musical icon, you can probably guess that I am highly critical of anyone who tries to cover her work (if I hear another cover of Landslide, I may just give up all music streaming and YouTube altogether).
But I stumbled upon a cover of Gypsy by 18-year-old music prodigy Hana Vu. Known for her breakout hit Crying on the Subway, Vu, with her soul-shaking vocals and velvety smooth guitar riffs that were incorporated, reinvents this classic in way that meets my very high expectations.
Sonically, this song charges out of the gate with a driving beat and ringing guitars, making the melody very clear. It’s refreshing to see a cover that is honest about the song it’s paying homage to. Vu’s ambient vocals are mature beyond her years and bring a similar haunting mystique that Nicks always brought to her music. Speaking more to her vocals, Vu brings soulful power to this cover, much like Nicks brought vibrato in her rendition.
These two version definitely mirror each other, but the raw, gritty and powerful take on this classic was a bold and successful move. No one can ever be Stevie. But then again, no can be Hana.