Take Cover! Neil Young Vs. The Shins’ James Mercer

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: The Shins’ James Mercer takes on Neil Young’s “Harvest.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

With a faithful take on the acoustic original, the Shins frontman shows the kids that the “New Slang” isn’t that new. Young should be used to people sounding like him by now. It started almost immediately. Fun Fact: 1972’s Harvest was knocked out of the number-one album spot by America’s self-titled debut on the strength of Young clone “Horse With No Name.”

The Cover:

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