- 21 Jul 22
Cher's 1998 global smash 'Believe' has been covered by alternative/indie legend Lucy Dacus.
As part of the Spotify Singles series, Lucy Dacus has released renditions of 'Believe' and 'Partner in Crime'. Cher's original version of 'Believe' was the title track on her 1998 album of the same name. The pop/dance anthem has been stripped down by Dacus into a slow burn of existential questioning.
Dacus, the alternative/indie queen, paired the release with a version of her song 'Partner in Crime'. The original version of this song came out with her album Home Video last year. The singer-songwriter said that 'Partner in Crime' was partially inspired by 'Believe', so the pairing is meant to be.
“I feel like some of my favourite lyrics that I’ve written are in ‘Partner in Crime’ and maybe they aren’t as noticeable because the effect takes you out of it a little bit,” Dacus shares. “So, I just wanted to strip it bare and showcase the song for what it is without any tricky production move.”
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The 27-year-old Virginia native continued to talk about the iconic nature of Cher and her music by saying “I love Cher’s voice and how low it gets. The timbre of her voice is so unique, you can recognise it anywhere. Even with the autotune, you can tell that it’s Cher and nobody else.
"But, on our cover, taking away the autotune, I feel like you can tell that the structure of the song is very special and I did feel myself accidentally wanting to become Cher when I was doing vocal takes. It could never happen, but I love a low-voiced pop legend.”
The new songs settle in the ear, the transfer of emotion uninhibited by the fancy layers of autotune and mixing magic.
Do you believe in life after love? Maybe - but you can certainly put your trust in Lucy to give new life to sad love songs.
Dacus' third studio album, Home Video, landed on June 25, 2022 via Matador. She recently performed a stellar 3Olympia Theatre set in April, supported by SOAK.
Revisit Lucy Dacus' June 2021 interview with Hot Press here.
Check out the 'Believe' cover and 'Partner in Crime' below: