Why Listen? For sheer poignancy; apocalyptic eeriness; grist for that war-ravaged setting rattling around in your mind.
Many contemporary cover songs pale when compared to their source material. But 16 Horsepower's version of "The Partisan" -- the 1943 French resistance anthem penned during World War 2 and popularized by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen -- transmutes the tune into something altogether different. Lead singer David Eugene Edwards does apocalyptic intensity like no one else, and in his hands the song seems to slide from a lament about Nazi oppression to a dirge over the evil of a fractured world. Slip on the headphones and see if your brain doesn't begin to bubble over with martial images when Edwards intones, "Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing, / Through the graves the wind is blowing, / Freedom soon will come. / Then we'll come from the shadows."