Today, Lacuna Coil:
For those who are asking, “So is this the bullshit version?” well, no, but it’s not for a lack of trying.
Now, I get that this may not be the most popular opinion I’ve expressed, but let’s get into it: while I like Lacuna Coil quite a bit, I find that this cover just completely runs through me, due in no small part to the fact that it’s basically a less interesting version of Disturbed’s cover of “Shout.”
Yes, yes, I know, but hear me out.
Lacuna Coil, as a band, tends to work best when both Andrea Ferro and Cristina Scabbia (the male and female vocalists, respectively) have something interesting to do with their unique vocals that serve to make the song a whole unit. That doesn’t mean they both need to be singing for a song to really work; “Unspoken,” from Comalies, for instance, is mostly focused on Cristina’s vocals and it’s awesome. Rather, the point I’m trying to make here is that the best Lacuna Coil songs understand what Cristina and Andrea (mostly Cristina, if I’m being honest) bring to the table, and exploit those traits to the maximum effect possible.
Their cover of “Enjoy the Silence” does… not do this.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t try, mind you, but outside of having Andrea layer vocals for the back half of the verses, the song is otherwise either an exact cover (the music proper is basically a metal version of the song with no deviation or modification) or mediocre (Andrea’s layered chorus vocals, where Cristina just drowns them out and makes them sound like shit; the weird annunciation of “wanted” in the chorus; the weird whispering between chorus and verse), and the end result is… just there, honestly.