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Hear Courtney Barnett’s Rollicking ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ Cover

Courtney Barnett
Credit: Mia Mala McDonald

Never ignore a woman with bangs who sings rock and roll. Especially if they’re singing the Velvet Underground. Courtney Barnett takes on Nico’s vocals in a raw take of “I’ll Be Your Mirror.” The cover is a contributing piece to Verve’s I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico out Sept. 24.

Barnett plays and sings it cool, providing a near-folk rendition of the majestic track. Heavier on the strums, the modern twist still keeps the simplistic, less-is-more aura Nico provided 54 years ago. And both women strike the tune with their different, yet low, seducing voices.

“I love them… (The Velvet Underground & Nico),” Barnett says. “When I listen to “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and read the lyrics, I realize it’s a perfect song. I can relate to every inch of it. I just felt like I could get inside the world of this song.”

The Velvet’s label is rightfully honoring the avant-garde icons, including artists Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Stipe, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Matt Berninger, St. Vincent.

The album, produced by Hal Willner, features covers of all 11 tracks off the legendary The Velvet Underground & Nico, released in 1967.

Listen to Barnett’s cover of “I’ll Be Your Mirror” here:


I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico tracklist:

Michael Stipe – ‘Sunday Morning’
Matt Berninger – ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’
Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen on backing vocals) – ‘Femme Fatale’
Andrew Bird & Lucius – ‘Venus In Furs
Kurt Vile & The Violators – ‘Run Run Run’
St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett – ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’
Thurston Moore & Bobby Gillespie – ‘Heroin’
King Princess – ‘There She Goes Again’
Courtney Barnett – ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’
Fontaines D.C. – ‘The Black Angel’s Death Song’
Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney – ‘European Son’