“These Days” Sung Better Than Drake

Pitchfork explains: ‘Today, yet another cover of “These Days” surfaced, this time reworked as a loose duet between Drake and Barf Troop‘s Babeo Baggins, titled “Things I Forgot To Do.” Baggins introduced Drake to the song initially, and it’s not hard to imagine the rapper instantly connecting with lines like, “Don’t confront me with my failures / I had not forgotten them” — do not confront him like he’s that Drake from four years ago! But that doesn’t change the fact that the cover is — how do we say this? — not great. And it’s not like “These Days” is one of those songs that simply cannot be covered well: Technically, the version that is most beloved, off Nico’s 1967 solo debut “Chelsea Girls,” is a cover. The songwriter behind it was a young Jackson Browne, who played the finger-picked electric guitar line that is, besides Nico’s deadpan delivery, easily the greatest thing about the sullen masterpiece.’

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