I’m a big believer of the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, especially when it comes to classic pop songs. For most of them, it’s difficult to find a cover that isn’t underwhelming and it’s best to just let them live in peace instead of putting a new take on them. “Lucky” by Britney Spears, released off of her sophomore studio album Oops!…I Did It Again in 2000 is one of these songs I’m referring to. Maybe I just haven’t looked deep enough but I have never come across a cover of this track that I found to even remotely live up to the magic of the original. But that was before I hear this version from indie rock band Weathers.
The original “Lucky” is very much a product of the times and while I was a firm believer that it should stay that way, the bands version of it made me change my mind. It’s easy to gloss over the tracks deeper meaning when listening to the original because of it’s up-tempo, 2000s feel, and Weather’s remake isn’t necessarily too much different. It’s still upbeat with a humming synthesizer in the background and prominent heavy guitars and drumming, but this subtle difference leads to a stark contrast to the way the song is conveyed. It gives this tune the darker feel it deserves, allowing the music to actually relate to the words and letting the sorrowful meaning of it leak through. “Lucky” is a crucial moment in pop music that revealed that this life of fame is not exactly as glamorous as it seems, and while that was quite relevant back then, it may be even more relevant now. Weather’s managed to remake the track and keep that original impression while giving it an appropriate update that allowed it to further live on in the realm of modern pop.