Listen to Cat Power’s heartbreaking cover of Rihanna’s “Stay”

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Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | courtesy of the artist

You could say Cat Power is a little obsessed with cover songs. Her latest effort is a version of Rihanna’s 2012 single, “Stay,” and Cat Power’s rendition strips the ballad down to it’s barest melody, her troubled, wavering vocals bringing an alternative twist to the heartbreaking pop tune.

In a statement Cat Power commented, “I love the tradition of covering songs. I think it’s one of the highest compliments you can pay another artist. It’s one of the great traditions in American music and one of the true pleasures of music history.”

Cat Power’s upcoming album Wanderer drops October 5 via Domino and features an appearance from Lana Del Rey on “Woman.” She also appears at The Mann Center next week, opening for The National; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the “Stay” cover below.

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